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Mitchell Library

Sydney NSW, Australia
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Mitchell Library

Australian collector David Scott Mitchell donated his vast personal book collection and the funds to house them to the New South Wales State Library in 1898, and the Sydney Mitchell Library was born. Though his offering was put to good work, Mitchell didn’t live to see the library open to the public in March 1910, as he had died three years earlier. The library’s famous glass-ceilinged reading room has twice been restored to preserve Mitchell’s incredible gift.—Miranda Smith