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State Library of Victoria

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Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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+61 3 8664 7000
10:00 - 21:00
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Beautiful building, Ned Kelly display

Take the elevator to the 3rd or 4th floor and look down on the domed reading room. On the 3rd floor are historical displays of the beginning of Melbourne and Victoria. About... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take the elevator to the 3rd or 4th floor and look down on the domed reading room. On the 3rd floor are historical displays of the beginning of Melbourne and Victoria. About 3/4's away though is a nice display on Ned Kelly and his gang and has Kelly's handmade suit of armour and electronic display on its makeup.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A wonderful place to get reading materials or to work from. Despite its popularity, there is always desk available. Staff are very helpful and friendly to find what one is looking for. A great venue across season and it is centrally located near trams, trains and buses

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited this library many years ago when Libraries were 'old school'. These days people use the space but rarely the collections of books. The building is great to see from the inside. The dome is wonderful. The galleries are interesting for a stroll around. Well worth popping in and looking about.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the building which is on an iconic spot opposite Melbourne central and adjacent to the Queen Victoria building. Nice place to read a book or even get info online via computer surfing if you have forgotten to get your laptops. There is an array of books from different spheres and a multitude of DVD collection. Love strolling upstairs and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A massive mind boggling structure, wonderful siting and lighting inside the library. A wide range of books and DVD collections

Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see for everyone a beautiful building inside with lots of extra information make sure you go upstairs

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The State Library is a superb building - don't miss the Reading Room and of course the spectacular dome. There is an interesting Art collection of historical Melbourne scenes and the special collections on the upstairs level, of rare books, illuminated manuscripts etc is a book-lovers' dream.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wasn't sure about visiting a library whilst on holiday but glad I did. The architecture inside and out is stunning and the library is huge. There is a domed ceiling and many floors you can go up to, to look down at the library. Lots of historical facts on every floor to read too. Worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous architecture with many interesting artefacts on display in all of the galleries. The old folios of birds and plants were fascinating, as was the Ned Kelly display. The La Trobe reading room is spectacular from all viewpoints. The chess boards out front add a bit of fun for players and the lawns, though small are inviting.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not sure how many Victorians know what a fabulous resource we have in the State Library Vic? There are regular exhibitions, archives to dive into, courses to attend, regular talks, seminars, individual support. Victorians can be proud of this fine service. Great for visitors, too, as all the exhibitions feature local interest.

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