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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
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+61 3 8664 7000
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A calm oasis in the CBD.

Stately properly describes this gem. Spacious, relaxed and welcoming, the library offers a comfortable refuge from the bustling city. A fantastic place to read, study or just... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stately properly describes this gem. Spacious, relaxed and welcoming, the library offers a comfortable refuge from the bustling city. A fantastic place to read, study or just relax.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The State Library is the most beautiful place to visit. The views of the Dome Room from the upper levels is amazing. The upper levels also house some great exhibitions including the real armour of Ned Kelly and an awesome history lesson of the early years of the Victorian colony. My husband and I really enjoyed this - not sure... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful display of arts and history, goes without saying, a very extensive book collection and they often have free exhibitions

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Victoria State Library is an astonishing building and includes some great exhibitions. We had the opportunity to know about the history of Melbourne through an impressive collection of objects, facts and figures.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went up to the top floor by lift to have a look at the view which was very nice, and then slowly made our way down the stairs and looked at all the exhibitions on the different floors. They are really well done, one about Ned Kelly, one of old books and magazines and Victoria through the ages. It's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very nice building and inside has been restored. very good for photography. Took an overseas visitor from USA ans she was very impressed.

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Thank Robert C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Totally enjoy going to this place and love seeing something different with every visit - Ned Kelly armour & guns a favourite - totally worth it - inside is breath taking / design high-light - round - wondrous - love it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

- Entrance is free. - High speed internet. Goes up to 64mbps on some days. - Heaps of stuff to do. They offer a plethora of reading materials, galleries, exhibits and a small museum housing historical paintings and interesting ancient artifacts. At the front of the building there are huge chess areas where you can try your smarts against the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The State library is an outstanding example of its primary purpose, but it is more than that. I always encourage visitors and residents alike to take the time for a visit. Make sure you visit the art gallery on the half floor above the main ground floor reading room as it houses a wonderful collection of art (mostly paintings but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Definitely worth a visit if only to see the reading room from the gallery above! Would recommend as it's only across the road from Melbourne Central Station on Swanston Street

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