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State Library of NSW
Among the State Library's over five million tomes are James Cook's and Joseph Banks' journals and William Bligh's log from the mutinous HMAV Bounty. It's worth dropping in to peruse the temporary exhibitions in the galleries, and the elaborately sculpted bronze doors and grand atrium of the neoclassical Mitchell Wing (1910); note the map of Tasman's journeys in the mosaic floor. The main reading room is an elegant temple of knowledge clad in milky marble.