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Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

a view inside Research library and archive

The Edmund and Joanna Capon Research Library and Archive has one of the most outstanding collections of fine art publications, rare books, manuscripts and artists’ files in Australia. It is not a lending library, but it is open to the public for research.

More about the research library and archive, including opening days and hours.

Major exhibition gallery Research library and archive Cafe foyer Cafe Lower Asian gallery Japanese tea room Centenary Auditorium 18th c European porcelain


From the front entrance, ground level

  1. Head through the vestibule into the entrance court
  2. On your right you will see three large archways. Enter the closest archway into 19th c Australian art
  3. Turn right into 15th–19th c European art, then left
  4. Head to the end
  5. Go down the marble staircase
  6. The entrance to the research library and archive is directly ahead

Accessible directions

Only some parts of the research library and archive are directly accessible by wheelchair.

See the ticketing and information desk or phone 02 9225 1738 in advance to discuss access needs.