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State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
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Bairnsdale, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Never withdrawn a book there but always good to look at the architecture and visit the reading room.

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Hobart
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We had our tickets for the stage show of Les Miserables and this exhibition just set the scene for a wonderful day of Victor Hugo. The exhibition is one of he best I have been to. You are transported back to the revolution, seeing costumes, some of the 42 movies made of Les Mis, and the rest of the library... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We visited the Les Miserables exhibition that is on loan from France and were very impressed with all the displays. Just wish we had more time to spend in there.

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Olonzac, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

As a retired librarian, I often take a busman's holiday and check out the local library when on holiday, especially as they often have good and free exhibitions to see. Inside, the building is reminscent of the BM's round reading room, and it's beautiful. The galleries host exhibitions relevant to the world of scholarship and books, and Melbourne's history shown... More

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Went as part of the Open melbourne weekend but you can go anytime, make sure you go up to Level 5 and 6 and see the displays and also the view down to the desks - and its always free

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Had a very enjoyable morning visit to the State Library. Enjoyed the experience and also the local history portraits that were in a side room as well.

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It's one of the biggest library in Australia and great for a quick visit and some excellent photos of the dome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This place is a Melb icon. It is a beautiful and impressive building with a grass landing and a great place to have a picnic on while people watching. Inside is just as wonderful. It has art galleries, a chess room, exhibitions and a interactive media room. Plus it is a library. Definitely worth a visit or a walk by!

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Churchill, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Every visit there is a good one. And this time it was for the Victor Hugo display and what a gem!!! This was a follow up to seeing Les Mis at Her Majesty's Theatre the night before.

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nelson
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This place is definitely worth poking your head into just to see the architecture. If you've got some time go upstairs to see Ned Kelly's armour and read a little about his story. His death mask is there too. They used to have a multi media room that our kids loved but it seems to be closed at the moment... More

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