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State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 8664 7000
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328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 8664 7000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is worth a visit, the architecture is superb and it has an amazing area for studying surrounded by an array of books. There is also an array of interesting facts about city and how it has developed.

Thank Karen H
Reviewed yesterday

The State Library of Victoria is one of the best libraries I have seen anywhere in the world. It has fantastic architecture and a great set of galleries around the dome reading room.

Thank Joshua G
Reviewed 2 days ago

I think I went in once,People just relaxed and used to lie around on the grass,Mostly students and Young People,Next to Melbourne Central and rmit.

Thank Shritesh S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Located just a block away from the Old Melbourne Gaol, the State Library is a must see for anyone interested in Ned Kelly, history, architecture, or just reading and relaxing. Outside the front entrance in Swanston Street, is a manicured parkland that is a wonderful...More

Thank Aussieeod
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This really is a gorgeous building inside and out, and is a great way to spend a couple of hours in Melbourne. There was often live music out the front, as well as people playing chess on the huge chess boards. Inside head up to...More

Thank Kate T
Reviewed 3 days ago

Got there a bit late and the main viewing gallery was closed but we wandered around and saw some nice artwork and got upstairs and viewed the reading area. Nice place.

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Regardless of whether you live in the area and qualify for a library card (which is super easy to attain online!), it's worth a stop in to see the reading room, art gallery, gift shop, and the museum-level exhibits.

Thank stephanie_sandiego1
Reviewed 5 days ago

The library building looks really grand - outside can see many people relaxing on the steps. inside some areas have free access to exhibits. The library shop has very interesting books on sale

Thank Gayatri G
Reviewed 5 days ago

Even if you just pop in for 10 minutes, its lovely to see this lovely library with beautiful architecture

Thank Tracey B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Apart from the fact it is free, the State Library of Victoria is a must-see for anyone visiting Melbourne and looking for things to do. The dome architecture is just simply too stunning for words and the free exhibitoons on the upper levels will keep...More

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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Adeline T
20 May 2017|
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Response from William L | Reviewed this property |
The 35 Tram runs right by it!
Marco T
19 January 2015|
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Response from soniverma | Reviewed this property |
Hi, on help desktop you will get complete information regarding books as well as segment wise along with Library map.