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State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Just came back from the State Library where I had made a special trip with a colleague to see the original Les Miserables manuscript and exhibition, only to find out, once we were exiting the exhibition that the manuscript had returned to France!! VERY disappointed and angry - why base an exhibition around a manuscript only to have it have... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

If you wnat to take a break from the city have a wander around the Library. There are always free exhibitions on with some cool stuff.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

An excellent exhibit which was very engaging. Provided lots of great background information and particularly loved the videos.

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Unfortunately they are renovating on the outside, so couldn't see too much. It is a lovely building -- my very favorite part is the sculpture out front near the street -- it is of a sinking library and only part of the building can be seen. It really appears as though a building sank!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Awesome. Lots of lockers if needing to stash something for a while. Make time to read the quotes etched in the sandstone around the wall of the reading room. Also enjoyed lunch at Mr Tuck's.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Took visitors here as architecturally a very interesting building housing a permanent exhibition of how writing and books started and an excellent exhibition of the infamous Ned Kelly...Australia's most notorious bushranger.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is absolute a place where you have to go! An enormous building, free Wi-Fi and Computers. Don't miss to go to the surrounding tribunes(?), there is much history around...

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Port Fairy, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Its been years since I was in here but great to visit again. Works on the roof area restrict any views across the city. So many people using the research facilities. Helpful staff. 5 stars.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The only reason why I went here was because of the free WiFi. Otherwise, as a tourist I wouldn't recommend visiting. Also, the library only opens from 10am, which is unusually late.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

It is worth a visit if just to look at the architecture. If you want to look something up you will need to join the library. And some books are kept off site so it may pay to get on the internet before your visit.

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