Between 10 pm Saturday, 11 July and 1 am Sunday, 12 July (AEST) access to the Manuscripts, Oral History and Pictures catalogue and the viewing of digitised items will be temporarily unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience.


The Library's reading rooms are open. Before you visit, please read Visiting the Library. 

Visiting the Library in July 2020

From Monday 13 July you will no longer need to book online to visit our reading rooms, with all services going back to normal (apart from study rooms) seven days a week. More information here. 

Online bookings essential for 9 and 10 July 

Readers need to book online for one of two daily sessions (excluding the Special Collections area, see below): 

  • morning session: 10 am to 1.30 pm 
  • afternoon session: 2.30 pm to 6 pm. 

Readers wishing to access Special Collections have the option to book one or two sessions per day. We have allocated seating based on use — the following seats are now available to book:  

  • 10 seats to view books and other printed material  
  • 8 seats to view original material — for Gold Card holders only  
  • 4 seats to use the microfilm readers. 

Online bookings will close at 5 pm on Friday 10 July.  

Express computers 

Express 30-minute use at a small number of computers (4) is available from 10.30 am to 6 pm weekdays (excluding public holidays). To access these computers, please queue outside the Macquarie Street building. 

Cafe open for takeaway 

The Library Cafe is open to eat in or takeaway from 10 am to 5 pm weekdays and will comply with capacity limits as per NSW Public Health Orders. 

 Library Shop open  

The Library Shop is open Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm. 

Galleries and other public spaces 

Parts of the Library’s galleries will reopen on Monday 13 July. The JBF Learning Centre and Family Room remain closed for the time being. 

Plan your visit 

Before you visit, please read theFrequently Asked Questions