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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 2 days ago

I'm not sure what the facilities are like but it's an amazing building. You can just go in and have a look.

Thank Usof9
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is well worth the time spent which can be vary varied. It is free to enter. It is a library but also a museum and bookshop. The exhibits in the museum are fascinating and cover early settlement. We went to see Ned Kelly's armour...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 3 days ago

You have so much here that is free. It is not just students doing homework assignments or research or family history researchers who come here. There is some great art on the walls, interesting architecture, a place for young children, good toilets, access to cafes,...More

Thank platypus150
Reviewed 5 days ago

The State Library of Victoria is a wonderful place! Beautiful from outside, it offers a lot to see inside. The are a lot of reeding rooms, some really beautiful. You can play chess there, use the wi-fi and of course read. There are some interesting...More

Thank Kasia P
Reviewed 5 days ago

Forget what you know about libraries being stuffy, the State Library is a bit of a revelation. The history display of Melbourne is fascinating, and the artefacts on display are a lot different to those on show elsewhere. Ned Kelly's armour is particularly interesting.

Thank david B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Took a wander through this beautiful old building and was pleasantly surprised. Sure, it's a library, but the various reading rooms are grandiose, old worldly meets modern technolog would best describe it.. Well worth a visit, which by the way is free of charge.

Thank Bernie W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Nestled in among the buildings of Melbourne city is this incredible library. The outside view is just a taste to the spectacular dome inside. Amazing views from the viewing deck on Level 6. The Ned Kelly exhibit was really good. I did not know this...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This much used building is so impressive, yet other than the users of the library, it seems so relatively unknown to most Melbourne folk and it is not featured in many tourist listings. Yet it is vast, beautifully restored, with one of the largest domes...More

Thank Darren R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is beautiful to visit. You can go up to the gallery on the 6th floor and look out over the library. It is a beautiful piece of architecture. There are occasionally exhibitions on another level. There is a coffee shop for after your...More

Thank Denise2444
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our 11 year old daughter here and she was in awe of the building, books, reading room, galleries and the Dome! She became and member and read some amazing books, a beautiful place to visit and appreciate our city!

Central Business District
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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
20 January 2015|
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Response from DustyDublin | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Marco, I have no idea. This is a wonderful building, over many floors. The upper floors circular the main part of the library creating an atrium type effect. There are many many books. There is always an exhibition and... More