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State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
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Ranked #9 of 158 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building and nice grassy area. Chess boards are available on the higher levels and I enjoyed a game there. A lot of people were studying and I felt a bit rude walking through. Most of the touristy things such as paintings and pictures are on the higher levels.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

It was recommended by the tourist center to visit this building. And it was an excellent suggestion. The library is stunning and you can go up to the 6th floor for the best view of the dome and book shelves loaded with old volumes. There are beautiful exhibitions on the 4th and 5th floors. I particularly enjoyed seeing some very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I went there with my classmates. We had a wonderful excursion that day. You can do lots of things there not only reading and study. Outside the library you can relax on the grass as many people did. Old style building can be a art!

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new zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Hubby didn't understand why I wanted to visit the Library- until he went inside. The architecture is just gorgeous so walk up the stairs and look down from the balcony at the top. Very impressive with it's long wooden tables formed like a spoke of a wheel. At present there is a pictorial history of Melbourne showing and the Ned... More

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The magnificent restored glass domed reading room on the third floor was stunning, well worth a visit. And the current exhibition on Victoria was an added bonus.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

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

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

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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