Mitchell Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney - Sydney, NSW

Mitchell Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney

This is the State reference library, housed in one of the finest buildings in Sydney. It contains about 650,000 volumes and includes: a general reference department centred round one of the world's largest reading rooms; a circulation department for public libraries and country residents; the Shakespeare Tercentenary Memorial Library which contains the only copy of the First Folio in Australia; the Mitchell Library and Galleries; and the Dixson Library and Galleries.

The Mitchell Library and Galleries were founded by David Scott Mitchell, a wealthy Australian collector, who bequeathed to the Trustees of the Public Library of New South Wales an endowment of 70,000 and his priceless collection of manuscripts, books, and pictures concerning Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of the South Western Pacific.

Since the library was opened in 1910 the Trustees have trebled the collection which now also houses the State archives. The Dixson Library and Galleries were founded by Sir William Dixson who followed Mitchell as the great collector of Australians. He gave a magnificent collection of historical pictures (for which the Dixson wing was built in 1929 to match the Mitchell wing); these were added to in his lifetime and, at his death in 1952, he bequeathed to the library the remainder of his collection of books, manuscripts, pictures, coins, and curios, with an endowment of 115,000. The Mitchell and Dixson collections are unrivalled collections of materials on Australia and the South Pacific.


Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000