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State Library of NSW secures $15m in private donations for new galleries, learning space

The State Library of New South Wales has secured $15m in private donations to fund new public galleries and a learning space in the Mitchell building.

The galleries and learning space, which will open in early 2018, are components of the library’s ‘master plan’ to turn the library into ‘a global cultural destination for all’ by revitalising the Mitchell building’s heritage spaces. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, in 2013 the library launched a fundraising campaign seeking corporate, philanthropic and individual donations.

Michael Crouch and John B Fairfax were among the major benefactors. Acting state librarian and CEO Lucy Milne said the galleries would stretch across the entire first floor of the Mitchell building. ‘We’re almost doubling our gallery spaces by renewing the current galleries in the western wing of the Mitchell building to complement the new galleries that are being  created in the eastern wing,’ said Milne.

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