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Getting started

Use this guide to explore the Library's extensive, diverse and unique Rare Books collection. You will learn about significant items, how to find and use material from the collection as well as how to get copies. We've also included some resources to help you to continue learning about rare books.

You will need a Special Collections card to use material from the Rare Books collection. Find out how you can get a Special Collections card.

We've added icons next to each resource so you know where you can use them.

In the Library, or anywhere with a Library card icon In the Library, or anywhere if you are a NSW resident and have a Library card
Only in the Library Only in the Library
Publicly available Publicly available - you don't need a Library card

Rare books at the Library

Visit the Special Collections area to use material that you've requested from the Rare Books collection. The Special Collections area is a dedicated space to use original material and rare printed material. You will need to follow the conditions of use when in this space.

Find the Special Collections area at the southern end of the Mitchell Library Reading Room. The Special Collections area is closed on Sundays.



Digitised image of a plate from The Zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle

Tanangra Darwini, 1832-1836
Digital order number: a1417007


Opening hours

Reading room opening hours
Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm
Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Weekends 10 am to 5 pm

The Special Collections area is closed on Sundays.

Opening hours may vary on public holidays. View opening hours.


Contact us

State Library of NSW
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
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