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State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
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Ranked #10 of 160 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Great place to catch up on some reading or check your email. The library is world class and provides wifi.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The State Library should be a must-see for all visitors to Melbourne. The building (or buildings as there are actually several of them) is on grand scale, with an imposing portico facing Swanston Street and deep inside the complex is the astonishing, light-filled La Trobe Reading Room, six storeys high, dome-shaped and topped by a massive cupola. There are great... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Very neat building that's worth a visit. It's great to see it as a working library. Free entry was great and the old books on display are amazing.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Big sized library with wide amount of desk in which it is possible to study, look to some book free wi-fi

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This is a fantastic place: full of light and 19th century optimism in its design. Great exhibitions in the galleries. So much interesting material.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The recent restoration of this vast domed space has given it a wonderful atmosphere. For many years, the skylights in the dome had been covered over, and the reading room was immersed in impenetrable gloom. Following the removal of the covers on this - one of the largest domes in the world - and the makeover of the reading room,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I love going here and reading books from the past. It's a experience everyone should enjoy. Take your kids, Take your grandma or Grandfather and look at the past events and be touched by some of the great stories of the past. A must to see while in Melbourne.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

'Taxpayer money well spent' I don't think I've ever said that before and I'm in my seventies! What a beautiful place. Full of history, some books hundreds of years old and the library is still in constant use by students and the general public! Will return when I have more time to spend there, I' sure I missed heaps!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Loved the free history exhibits, beautiful architecture, I read about the exhibits somewhere and had never been upstairs until June 2014 this year, when I took my husband and enjoyed reading and seeing the photos exhibition.

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The State Library of Victoria was built at a time when architecture was at its grandest. Do not miss the opportunity to see this library. And go up to the LaTrobe reading room to see the dome and the sky high shelving! Apart from the architecture the holdings on things to do with Victoria are excellent.

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