State Library of NSW

Boasting the grand elegance of the historic Mitchell building and the modern versatility of the Macquarie Street building, the State Library of New South Wales is truly a unique venue.

The more contemporary Macquarie Street building houses the Metcalfe Auditorium; fully equipped with racked seating and a state-of-the-art projection room ensuring the success of presentations, conferences and lectures.

The Mitchell building houses the Galleries; with a broad exhibition programme, it provides the ideal space for product launches and larger cocktail-style receptions. The Dixson Room with glimpses across the Domain, is ideally utilised for conferences, wedding receptions or corporate events. 

Smaller rooms are also available for more intimate gatherings.

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General Information - FAQ's

Are they any minimum numbers required?
No minimum required, however staff charges will apply if your event numbers are less than 30 guests.

Trading hours for the Library?
State Library operating hours are
Monday to Thursday: 9.00am-8.00pm
Friday: 9.00am-5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am-5.00pm

Is security required?
A security fee is applicable for all events outside State Library operating hours: $85.00 per hour – Weekday, Saturday, Sunday

Is there any parking?
There is no onsite parking at The State Library of New South Wales. Conveniently located parking stations include:
Secure Parking
131 Macquarie St, Sydney T 02 8912 4900.
Open until midnight Mon-Sat / 5 pm Sun
Metro Parking
8 Hospital Rd, Sydney T 02 92231166
Open until 9.30 pm Mon-Fri / 8 pm Sat / 6 pm Sun
If you require parking for mobility impaired guests please contact us.

If I require any Audiovisual who should I contact?
Please confirm all audio visual requirements a minimum of three working days prior to your event. It is recommended that you discuss this with us at the time of booking. We can produce very competitive quotes on any requirements such as audio recording, video recording, media splitters, large sound systems, plasmas, rear projection and many more items. Please discuss your requirements with your event manager.


Function room Cocktail Theatre Sit-down
Dixson Room 200 180 120
Shakespeare Room 15 15 10
Friend's Room* 150 N/A 70
Mitchell Vestibule 150 50 50
Galleries 350 N/A N/A
Gallery Room 200 150 120
Metcalfe auditorium N/A 130 N/A
Macquarie Room 100 60 60

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State Library of New South Wales
6 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Getting there: 
The building is situated between the Royal Botanic Gardens and Parliament House on Macquarie Street.

The closest train stations are Martin Place and St James. Circular Quay is only a short walk away. The Sydney Explorer bus stops outside the Library on Macquarie Street.