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State Library of Victoria

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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
Central Business District
+61 3 8664 7000
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A must see on your walking tour of CBD Melbourne, the State Library is magnificent. A peek at real life, as it's obviously full of people actually using it as a library! But the building itself and its displays are also awesome. It has its...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wow! Even if you have absolutely no intentions of opening a book in there, you must visit this library! The dome room is amazing!! And yes, people ARE actually studying...and playing chess, and reading books!! Bonus: Ned Kelly’s armour was on display!

Thank Petrina111
Reviewed 4 days ago

You can get a snack, a drink or a coffee in the attached cafe, and the toilets are always clean, but if in need of a respite from the hustle, the bustle, the wind, the rain, the scorching sun outside, then make your way to...More

Thank Martyn B
Reviewed 1 week ago

its a great architecture inside out! you can spend all day long in here, have a friendly and helpful staff. Definitely worth the visit!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were impressed with the architectural qualities of the State Library of Victoria. We also enjoyed the exhibition on the history of books. Unfortunately one of the lifts was out of commission on the day of our visit and we had to endure lengthy waits...More

Thank Jeremyfromperth
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the reading rooms and art collections. See the dome and excellent exhibitions on all five floors. Plus it's free!

Thank Frances S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful venue, full of history and modernity all in one. I attended an event at the Village Roadshow Theatrette, the venue was spectacularly presented, the staff were impeccable and the event was a huge success.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The State Library dates from when Melbourne was the heart of a massive gold rush. It shows! A beautiful building and interior domed reading room. For a special treat, once per year there is a White Night where the "secret life of books" is projected...More

Thank BizTraveler-4-35year
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of historical documents and books for Victoria. If you want to find out more about the history of Melbourne and Victoria and enjoy reading, this is a great place to visit.

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fabulous building which is well worth a visit. Browse the shelves, check out the fabulous architecture, quite possibly catch an author launching a book in the bookshop. Also a nice coffee shop and easily accessible clean public toilets.

Thank Kate R
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20 May 2017|
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Response from BillLeighty | Reviewed this property |
The 35 Tram runs right by it!
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20 January 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.