Saturday 26 March (4): State Library of Australia State Library of Australia, of course I had to visit at least one library…the outside is actually quite reminiscent of work too.
Beautiful domed reading room (opened in 1913), lovely wooden furniture (proper wooden swivel chairs still used) and big old fashion classical impressive enquiry desk in middle (not in use). Loved how there was also balcony full of older material. One reading room I loved was the chess room with materials dedicated to the history and practice of chess, the Anderson Chess Collection (one of the largest public chess collections in the world) and the room has dedicated chessboards game tables.. Outside they also had giant chessboards with some quite intense players. Lots of different styles across the library, great how they mixed new and old and how you see part of the old buildings encompassed within the new bits. As well as exploring all the reading rooms, they also had a few exhibitions on and those are held on various levels giving also a great view of the reading room. One exhibition was Mirror of the Worlds, Books and Ideas (some pretty fab manuscripts on display), One was on the Changing Faces of Victoria (and I got to see one of Ned Kelly armour) and One on Ireland & Australia (near the very classical red wall Cowen Gallery). What was supposed let’s just popped in to see it ended up in quite a lengthy visit.