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Mitchell Wing with pillars and staircase.
State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Wing entrance. Photo by Elin Hofverberg.

The State Library of New South Wales – Pic of the Week

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Working at the Library of Congress, it is almost impossible to not become a bibliophile and lover of libraries. Libraries serve as vessels of knowledge around the globe and the buildings that house them often reflect the size and importance of their collections.

One such library is Australia’s oldest library, The State Library of New South Wales (NSW) in Sydney, Australia, our pic of the week.

Exterior picture of Mitchell Building, State Library of NSW.
Exterior of the Mitchell Wing of the State Library of NSW at 1 Shakespeare Place, Sydney, Australia. Photo by Elin Hofverberg.

The State Library of NSW was first established in 1826 as a subscription library and later purchased to become a public library in 1869. The Mitchell Wing of the present day library was completed in 1910.

Picture of a iron door with bust photos and sail ships
Door to the State Library of NSW, Australia. Photo by Elin Hofverberg.

The library is protected by heavy bronze portico doors with intricate depictions of the history of Australia.

Glass door with the State Library of NSW logo on it which says Publicc Library New South Wales
Glass doors of The State Library of NSW. Photo by Elin Hofverberg.

Glass doors with the library’s former name – Public Library of New South Wales – welcome visitors to the Mitchell Wing. Once inside, one is greeted by a large reproduction of the Tasman Map, leading visitors to the Mitchell Library Reading Room.

Picture shoes a map of New South Wales in the tiles of the floor of the Mitchell Building leading to a reading room.
Hall entrance of the Mitchell Wing of the State Library of NSW. Photo by Elin Hofverberg.

 

Picture of a library reading room with glass ceilings and books along the walls.
Reading room in the Mitchell Wing of the State Library of NSW. Photo by Elin Hofverberg.

Unfortunately, my schedule did not allow for me to stay and browse the collection. There are some rare holdings, including Australia’s oldest surviving photograph and “Australia’s first unique coins,” the Holey Dollar and the Dump. Next time!

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