Before moving to its current building, the State Library existed in many locations around Sydney. Its earliest origins trace back to 1826 when it was a privately owned lending library, which was purchased by the government when it ran into debt.
There are regular exhibitions here of artwork, photography and history documents. The NSW State Library also features a mosaic depicting the voyages of the explorer Abel Tasman during 1642 and 1643. Admission to the library is free, as are the exhibitions held in the Mitchell Galleries. Address: Macquarie Street (next to Parliament House), Sydney, NSW, 2000.