national resource. - Spence,
necessary part of every great theatre of the world.
- Glass, Masada College, NSW
sets new standards! - Booker, Atlanta
library is unique, comfortable and rich in atmosphere, Of great assistance. Thank you. -
incredible resource centre.- Raine, Canada
wonderful library I've ever been to. Keep up the great work! - Steel, England
time before a matinee, Would love to come again to research design of the
information. Very helpful & pleasant staff. A credit to the Opera House.
- Butterfield, Wollongong
information. I wish I had had such comprehensive resources available while
arts resources. I'd die for your collection!
- Wolf, San Francisco
research facilities are a great help. Thanks to the ever-helpful staff.
Excellent service. The best. - Spartalis, University of New South Wales
place is fantastic. A most amazing collection - Lou, San Francisco
on a libretto. Always has what is wanted. Thank you Mr Wolanski. - McKenzie, Brighton Le Sands
review for aboriginal theatre. Great help. Thank you.- Newell, University of New South Wales.
found this service to be invaluable as access to theatre notes is almost
non-existent. Some of my theatre students may be writing soon. Keep up the
student seeking knowledge. A treasure! - Johnstone, Hawthorn
on past plays. I shall return many times. Thrilled to discover this library. - Orchard, Sydney.
The disappearance of the Dennis Wolanski Library of
the Performing Arts, established in 1973...has been a loss for not
only those interested in the arts, but also ironically, for those
interested in the Opera House itself. - Geraldine O'Brien, in
The Sydney Magazine, September 2003
In 1996 the annual report of the Sydney Opera House Trust
noted the importance of the Dennis Wolanski Library. The 1997 report noted
its closure and the dispersal of its contents. In 1993 it was the Dennis
Wolanski Library that made it possible for a stranger to the Opera House to
research and write the first edition of this conservation plan in a
relatively brief time and at reasonable cost. In any long term organisation,
management, staff, consultants and contractors change. The major impediment
to the full understanding of a place of the complexity of the Sydney Opera
House is the loss of collective memory. If people no longer have access to
what was done and why it was done, decisions on development and conservation
may be primarily guided by short-lived aesthetic and operational fashions—to
the detriment of the place. - Dr James Semple Kerr, A Plan for the
Conservation of the Sydney Opera House and Its Site. 3rd edition.
(Sydney: SOHT, 2003)