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State Library of Victoria

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Central Business District
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Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 8664 7000
10:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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We were visiting Melbourne and walked past this building a few times. On impulse we wandered in, and loved the building. You are drawn in from one area to the next, until you... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were visiting Melbourne and walked past this building a few times. On impulse we wandered in, and loved the building. You are drawn in from one area to the next, until you get to the reading room with its high dome and galleries, and the fabulous wooden chairs and desks. The art in there is informative and interesting. I... More 

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Griffith, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love the architecture and history of this building. The historical displays are interesting, intriguing and educational. A must see building that is free.

Thank Mgraham6
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The building structure is so impressive and should take a chance to the library tour. Highly recommended to visit this place if you're around this area.

Thank janicey0ng
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I could not help but be impressed by this majestic old building, the studious people inside and outside and the assistance given by the staff. There was no hustle and bustle but a sense of calm. The resources available are sensational and clearly the staff love their jobs because they are so willing to explain things and guide you. Whether... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are always heaps of people hanging out in front of this place! It's such a happy and social area where work professionals take their lunch breaks, travelers collect tourist tips, and buskers jam out or serenade the audiences. There's always older gentleman playing competitive games of giant chess! The inside of the building is beautiful! There's several floors to... More 

Thank Shelby W
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The State library is an outstanding place to visit. Nice for tired legs to find a book and read, the art in the galleries is really work a look and of course the La Trobe Reading room a must see. It is good to go up and see Kelly's armour and some of the medieval books too. GO!

Thank Darryl C
Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful building inside and outside .Awesome library that provide a fascinating insight into Victoria's history! ***It has a gallery so you'll may spend a couple hours there *especially raining time

Thank Lynntan921
Thai Mueang, Thailand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The kids very enjoy to the Library. They are interesting in science and the Library is response to their wish.

Thank somboon034
Grafton, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spend a few hours here with the interesting displays and excellent reference materials and spaces. If you're into books or history or both it's well worth a visit.

Thank Ozplanman
Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting a library may not be on the list of "must see" locations for tourist. But the State Library of Victoria has a number of exhibits that enhance the visit to this historical architectural gem. It has easy acess so make the trip!

Thank William L

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