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State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
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Ranked #10 of 218 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Not what I anticipated when I heard library but was glad my friend suggested we go. They have a great art collection depicting the development of Melbourne and the reading room with its huge dome is lovely.

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ronniesue45
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

The rotunda has been refurbished and is beautiful, they had some very interesting exhibits and the architecture was amazing.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

highly recommend popping in here for the beautiful domed reading room, it opened my eyes to the amazing architecture that Melbourne has to offer. There are also some good exhibitions inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I visited the State Library with one thing in mind - to view Ned Kelly memorabilia. That I did but what i hadn't bargained for was the stunning interior. The multi level galleries and book shelves best seen from the highest level. The entrance and foyer areas are a disaster zone at the moment because of renovations or whatever but... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The library had some really interesting exhibitions upstairs about the origins of Melbourne, and about the various cultures that make up its citizens.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is really good place. A lot of books to read and there is lot of knowlage. Employes ready to answer all your questions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is a gem to be found in the heart of Melbourne. We waited here while we had a short wait for our tour of the Melbourne gaol to start. Worth going just to check out the architecture as there is not much architecture of this style in Melbourne. Very European looking. Awesome place :)

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

As well as being a regular library this building has grand character that you have to see to believe. The architecture is suprising and a few hours of wandering through this building will leave you wanting more. On a fine day relax outside on the lawns.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is a really beautiful building and worth visiting just to see the architecture. Be sure to make the trip all the way inside to visit the domed reading room, as it really is a stunning sight. It's also a wonderful example of a well-used and obviously beloved library, as it is full all the time. Free wifi, even for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Wow... what a stunning and beautiful library this is! When travelling you obviously won't go here for a membership. But... it's worth to visit anyway to stroll around and enjoy the silence. At the top level there was an interesting exhibition and free of charge. That alone is already a reason to visit this library. After your visit, just go... More

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