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State Library of New South Wales

A laptop-friendly space in Sydney


It is a beautiful library in the centre of the city. There is a cafetería, printing services, a book shop, unlimited Wi-Fi (though e-mail & torrent programs won't work). There is an exhibition centre where you can enjoy of cultural events and exhibitions. There is also an extensive research library.

Need to know

Type of Space

Public

Today | All Hours
Avg. WiFi Speed 2 Mb/s Details
WiFi Login Unknown 
Background Noise Moderate to low
Power
Food
Coffee
Tea
Alcohol -
Group Seating
Outdoor Seating -
Types of Seating Small tables, larger tables
Accessible Outlets Good
Community Tags library, focus, quiet, Has Power, Popular
Food Options Breakfast & lunch in the cafeteria
Scout Date March 2015
Last Updated July 2017

People are saying  

  • There are three main areas you can work at in the library.

    The first is the Mitchell Wing, which is the big Hogwarts-lookin space. It’s super quiet there and water is permitted.

    The second is the Marie-Bashir reading room which is also quiet but certain study groups that come and go can be a bit loud. Food, drink and bags are not permitted here but not to worry since lockers are available for hire ($2 for 4 hours!).

    The last place most people work at is the Verandah, which despite the name is actually indoors. It’s right outside the reading room and has plenty of daylight. Bags, food and drink is permitted here and because of this it can get rather busy.

  • “You can connect to the Library’s free wi-fi in all public areas of the Library. You don’t need a login, password or Library card.”
    http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/research-and-collections-how-guides/wi-fi

  • Water and drinks aren’t permitted but there are lockers nearby for storing drinks, bags and other items.

  • avishai

    WiFi only works for HTTP(S). If you want SSH, vpn connections etc. look elsewhere (or workaround)

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