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$4.2 million revitalisation of the State Library of NSW

Minister for the Arts George Souris officially launched the new look Macquarie Street wing this morning in front of an enthusiastic crowd of Library staff, supporters and special guests. The talented Library choir joined in the celebrations by performing three pieces from their growing repertoire.

The $4.2 million revitalisation project, funded by the NSW Government, has produced an open and welcoming library and a contemporary cultural space for all Library visitors and clients.

According to Minister Souris, the major renovation has helped to cement the State Library’s place among the world’s best.

The freshly renovated Macquarie Street includes a new cafe and book shop, along with free internet computers and more public spaces for people to meet and relax.

A highlight of the space is a stunning art installation by State Library designers Jemima Woo and Dominic Hon which offers a fresh perspective on the intriguing world of the printed word, and provides a vehicle to showcase current exhibitions. Look out for our two new exhibitions, The Life of Patrick White and Sidney Nolan: Illuminations, opening on 11 August.

The Metcalfe Auditorium has also been transformed with raked seating and a modern public entrance from the State Library concourse. Our free Movies on Macquarie will continue every second Thursday at 12 noon.

The completion of the State Library’s major renovations comes soon after the NSW Government’s further commitment of $32.6 million to the Library over the next four years to support a major digitisation program and to upgrade its digital infrastructure.


Excitement is building - cafe and shop to re-open Friday 4 May

Excitement is building around the Library as we near the end of the major renovations to the Macquarie Street wing.  The new look Library Shop and Cafe Trim will re-open for business on Friday 4 May, with bright contemporary spaces and a refreshed menu on offer.

The Metcalfe Auditorium is being transformed with raked seating and a modern public entrance from the State Library concourse. The Macquarie Room nearby will be available for Library events and venue hire.

The Macquarie Street foyer will feature casual lounge areas and more internet terminals. In June, the foyer will be further enhanced by a stunning new art installation designed by our in-house designers Dominic Hon and Jemima Woo.

Be sure to let us know what you think about our new Shop and Cafe, opening in just 7 days.


Final stage of Macquarie Street wing renovation

We’re about to embark on the final stage of the major transformation of the State Library’s Macquarie Street wing, with building work due to commence from 20 February 2012.

This exciting work will result in a new look for Cafe Trim and the Library Shop, and a modern entrance to our theatre-style auditorium. The new layout will also feature a casual lounge area and six additional express internet terminals.

The building work will take place between 20 February and 1 May 2012. The State Library will remain open, and the State Reference Library and events and exhibitions will operate as normal during the renovation period. We’re endeavoring to undertake most of the noisy work at night, and every effort will be made to keep disturbances to a minimum. 

Key dates
Late February – early March: Lift access only to State Reference Library and Library Galleries
20 February: Temporary closure of Library Shop in its current location
2 March: Cafe Trim closed on this day only
3 March – 1 May: Temporary Shop in the Galleries, temporary café in McDonalds Room
1 May: New look Cafe Trim and Library Shop reopen for business

We have developed a handy 'All you need to know' information sheet to help answer your questions about the project and access to Library services and activities during the renovation.

Please speak to our Information Officers and check this blog regularly for more information and updates. For more information about the renovations, please contact Hakan Harman, Director, Operations & Chief Financial Officer, State Library of NSW. Ph: (02) 9273 1749.

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Key dates and opening hours for
20 February – 1 May 2012.

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