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Customs House Library

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People reading inside Customs House Library
Photograph: Paul Gosney

Time Out says

This heritage listed building mixes beautiful design with contemporary comforts and is the perfect place for a pitstop or to while away the hours in the company of a good book. A helix staircase connects the three levels, with light pouring in through the atrium above. The Grand Reading Room is just that, bookshelves line the walls and light from the harbour-facing windows reaches to banquette style study tables. There’s an extensive range of Japanese and Korean texts available as well as music scores. The ground floor of the library, which used to accommodate the magazine and newspaper collection, is currently undergoing a revamp. Rumour is it may end up as an adult gaming centre.


Address: 31 Alfred Street
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat, Sun 11am-4pm
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