All you need to know: Macquarie Street foyer renovation

The State Library will remain open and the State Reference Library (SRL), Mitchell Library, events and exhibitions will operate as normal during the renovation period (20 February – 1 May 2012). However, access arrangements to SRL and the Galleries, and meeting points for tours and programs, will vary occasionally during this time.

Disability access

If you require special access while you are at the Library, please contact Security prior to your visit on (02) 9273 1600 and arrangements will be made to accommodate your request. Alternatively, please speak to a Library staff member on arrival.

Access to SRL and State Library Galleries

In the early stages of the renovation access points to SRL and the Library Galleries will temporarily change. We encourage you to enter the Library via the Mitchell building entrance, as the stairs from the Macquarie Street foyer will be closed from 22 February to 7 March 2012. The Macquarie Street lifts remain in operation, however we anticipate longer waiting times. We appreciate your patience during this time.

The Library Shop

The Library Shop will close for business in its present location at 5.00 pm on Sunday 19 February. A temporary shop will be set up in the Library Galleries on Saturday 3 March.
A selection of books and gifts will be available, including merchandise related to the Library's major exhibition, Lewin: Wild Art.

The new look shop will reopen for business on 1 May 2012.

Cafe Trim

Cafe Trim will close for business in its present location at 4.30 pm on Thursday 1 March. Coffee, tea, cold drinks and a select menu will be available from the McDonald's Room from Saturday 3 March.

Our new look cafe will reopen for business on 1 May 2012.

Tours and programs

Please meet your tour leader in the Mitchell building vestibule, not the Macquarie Street foyer, for all State Library tours and programs scheduled between 20 February and 1 May 2012.

Movies on Macquarie

As part of the building work, the Metcalfe Auditorium will be closed from 1 March to 1 May. No films will be screened during this period.

Noisy work

Most of the noisy renovation work will be undertaken at night, however some intermittent noise may be experienced during Library hours. Every effort will be made to keep disturbances to a minimum.

Please speak to State Library Information Officers and check the Library's website for more information.


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Key dates and opening hours

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

All you need to know

We're transforming our Macquarie Street foyer. Read the latest news and updates on the project, including information about temporary access arrangements in the Library.

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