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State Library launches $25 million campaign to revitalise its iconic Mitchell building

The State Library of NSW today announced its largest renewal project in 50 years, with the unveiling of a $25 million capital campaign to raise funds to revitalise the iconic Mitchell Library building.

Three new galleries, specialised research and learning spaces and ultimately a rooftop restaurant are all part of the State Library’s grand plans.

According to Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive: “Our vision is to build a Global Library for a Global City by opening up the world-renowned Mitchell Library to the public on a scale never experienced before.”

Dr Byrne believes the renewal will help revitalise the eastern CBD and double visitor numbers.

The MITCHELL Campaign was launched at a special event to mark the 25th anniversary of the State Library of NSW Foundation which is spearheading the campaign, reaching out to the corporates, philanthropists and individuals to support the $25 million campaign over five years.

The first stages of the revitalisation of the Mitchell Library building includes:
Stage 1: enhancing the Mitchell Library Reading Room as a public space with free WiFi and increased seating for informal study
Stage 2: restoring and opening up heritage rooms to the public and establishing dedicated spaces for research and scholarship and for Library volunteers
Stage 3: establishing a children’s learning centre and new galleries on the first floor of the Mitchell building

Later stages of the overall vision for the Mitchell will see the realisation of a rooftop restaurant, a 500-seat auditorium and state-of-the-art conservation laboratories to ensure the long-term preservation of our collections.

Dr Byrne says Library supporters have the unique opportunity to contribute to and become part of the continuing history of the Mitchell by putting their name to a chair or study table in the Mitchell Library Reading Room.

See the full media release attached.

Dr Alex Byrne is available for interviews.

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