So many libraries, so little time. For those who love the written word — did you know the State Library is home to a secluded reading nook filled with hundreds of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets? And it’s not just dusty old books. The library serves old-world charm in spades and it’s a bibliophile’s dream. Tucked away in the shadow of Australia’s oldest library, the Shakespeare Room boasts clean minimalism, stained-glass windows as an ode to the Bard’s play As You Like It and a grand collection of books — a fantastic hideout on a dreary winter’s day, ripe for getting lost in a book.
The Shakespeare Room — State Library
The Tudor-style room opened in the early 1940s and was built to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Behind the rows of shelves, you’ll find many ancient delights including the only known copy of the rare 1623 First Folio in Australia, titled Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies — comprising 18 of Shakespeare’s original plays that were published for the first time. Equally designed to perpetuate your love of books and history is the decor with elegant wall-to-wall bookshelves and classic furnishings, ideal for an escape to simpler times.
The little-known cultural gem is open seven days a week so you know where to go when the urge to while away the hours hits. Find opening hours and more info here.
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