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Where is Sydney's Best Library?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published November 18th 2011
Libraries can be places that encourage reading, provide entertainment, and assist education. Whether you're looking for sources for a research paper, or somewhere fun to take your kids, libraries have something to offer. So we want to try and find Sydney's best library. Could it be a big city library with all the trimmings, or a smaller suburban library that loves what it does. Let us know what you think, so we can try and find the best.

Behind the beautiful historical facade of Customs House, you'll also find one of the city's most accessible libraries. This multi-level library has a range of books, from fiction, to reference, as well as multimedia resources like CDs, DVDs and videos. Of course you can also surf the internet, or grab a newspaper and sit down in one of the comfy couches. Customs House has a fun and modern interior, blended with the history of the building, which makes this a very interesting library to visit.

Then there is the State Library of NSW, filled with books, resources, and other interesting things in their collection. The state library has a focus on Australian history, culture and literature, and Aboriginal studies. As well as books you'll find manuscripts, maps, pictures, photographs, and newspapers. The library also holds talks, workshops, and free film screenings.

Sydney's best library doesn't necessary have to be one of the big ones. Libraries of any size can make a big impact on the communities they serve. Whether it is in the form of great book collections that start kids off reading, or toy libraries where parents can find fun things for their kids to play with, without breaking the bank. Libraries can be a source of internet connectivity for those without access at home, and some even have sports libraries, encouraging people to get outside and play.

So if you know a library that is pretty great, make sure you tell us all about it. It could be all about the books, or it could be down to the other great facilities that libraries offer. Join the discussion in the comments.
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Childrens library at Woollahra. Read books, play in the gardens, and then build sandcastles and go for a swim at redleft pool....and have coffe and cake at the cafe!
Same at Watsons bay childrens library.
by barba26 (score: 1|21) 4097 days ago
Stanton library
by sue_t (score: 0|2) 2585 days ago
Great cataloguers work there!
by sue_t (score: 0|2) 2585 days ago
Stanton library!
by F (score: 0|2) 2431 days ago
The Sydney Mechanics library. A gem snuck away in the heart of the City.
by Phili (score: 0|2) 2069 days ago
I really like the vertical garden at Bankstown library : )
by rez_s (score: 0|2) 2047 days ago

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