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The fourth most popular library in the world and the busiest in Australia, State Library Victoria is a must-visit Melbourne icon. Dating back to 1856, the State Library boasts incredible heritage architecture, free exhibitions, programs and events...more
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328 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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All reviews reading room ned kelly beautiful building free wifi on display free exhibition amazing architecture interesting displays old building worth a visit swanston street art gallery rainy day great place to visit dome armour libraries
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Reviewed yesterday

Walking by saw an art exhibition advertised so called in. What an amazing building! Really worth visiting for the architecture, and interesting seeing how many people were using the library. Art collection is worth a quick look too.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 145lynnl
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A spectacular building with the domed reading room at the heart of it. Unfortunately now isn’t the best time to visit as the world of books exhibition is being re-curated and the front of the building is closed for renovation (due to reopen on 15th...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Sarah_Murphy18
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful building although apparently the best part of the building is being restored and will be open to the public mid December.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank LatinC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Special exhibition - Velvet, Iron, Ashes - was very interesting, but the "machine" that was supposed to create an individual guide we found quite confusing so we just wandered around doing our own thing. The next couple of rooms contained amazing paintings that had been...More

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank Rosemary D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go in and have a look, the dome is lovely and the wooden area is very old world, it is a very busy place.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank toowelltravelled64
Reviewed 1 week ago

Filled with history it is great to explore upstairs and see on of the rotating exhibitions or just sit out the front on the grass and people watch in the sunshine.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Naomi_loves_2_travel
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can visit the library to get some work done or you may want to do some research of the past. There is free wiFi for the traveller or students to complete homework. The cafe attached has good coffee and food. Worth a visit and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ReviewatGuz
Reviewed 1 week ago

So I want to start this review off by saying why this was a must do for me - I am a Librarian (Children's and Young Adults) so I tend to love checking out Libraries when I go to other cities. But this is a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Sas P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The library is located in the center of the CBD in front of Melbourne Central. It is a bit crowded but easy going. I went inside and it is huge, they have so many services and special places for the people or students want to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank amaliaevans
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful place! You think, library... boring. Nope, it’s more than that. It’s a place that will blow your mind. Ned Kelly, the story of books, amazing old chairs, high magical ceilings and so much learning. You could spend many hours here, not just...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Kathryn M
June 20, 2019|
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Response from Nigel S | Reviewed this property |
Most libraries have storage lockers but they usually only can fit in smaller bags
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AdelineT275
May 20, 2017|
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Response from BillLeighty | Reviewed this property |
The 35 Tram runs right by it!
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Marco T
January 19, 2015|
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Response from 164Jayesh | Reviewed this property |
i do not see any reason to find how many books are there. just go there, you will not be disappointed. you will find your choice. Enjoy reading.Take help of excellent staff of library.
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