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State Library of Victoria

Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
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$58*
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Private Tour: Melbourne City Discovery
96%
Ranked #7 of 174 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Hours:
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Vancouver, Bc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We only took the self-guided tour, but the archives are excellent, and the views of the library are fabulous too.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This is a truly great place to spend some time in. It looks wonderful from the outside and is even better in the inside. Wander around and enjoy its short history but amazing presence.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I love it. The building, the helpful staff, the exhibits, the really strong free WiFi, the public toilets are great. Go in, log on, explore their intranet site and plan your day for free. sit down with your book or kindle in one of the reading rooms, sit outside and watch the giant chess in the sun. Love it. Really... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Lovely old building and grounds, lots of people using the grass and grounds for picnics relaxing on Sunday.

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

So much interesting stuff here. Various exhibitions in the various galleries and a lovely cafe. Don't miss going up to the top floor and checking out the view down into the library, its very impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This building is simply beautiful. Not just a library but a museum also. The Ned Kelly armor was a highlight. Well worth a visit.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Building is definitely interesting and undoubtedly the interior setup is one of the most interesting I have seen, as far as libraries go. Worth to have a look at. Take lift to the top of rotunda to have the best view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We simply wanted to walk the place and take in the building, and what a structure it is to wonder. It feels all still authentic in the building and it's very beautiful for a library. Enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Pretty in parts, walked around for a couple of hours, lots of information on the history of Melbourne and its famous counterparts

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

If you love books, then I don't have to tell you to visit this library. But in contrast to other modern and sober looking libraries this one sticks out. For one, it dates back to the mid 19th century and is a a perfecr specimen of neo classical architecture. It had many different building stages but they all blend in... More 

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