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State Library of Victoria

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Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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A place that has stood the test of time

What a treat this place is. The architecture, the history, the fact that in this ever changing world with increasing use of technology it still has a place. I took my children... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

What a treat this place is. The architecture, the history, the fact that in this ever changing world with increasing use of technology it still has a place. I took my children who are avid readers here one Sunday afternoon and the place was buzzing with activity. From the beautiful dome reading room to the galleries with paintings depicting the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Beautifully preserved building of a past era. Wonderful facilities. Well utilised as a library and numerous educational and thought provoking events.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The subjects are presented in a very digestible and engaging way. The curators have gone a long way to make the exhibitions not only informative, but also engaging. This includes adding a lot of touch screens with video bites, a 3D video room and some live insects in the insects exhibition. There are even digital binoculars pointed at some of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The reading room is famous and there's a reason for its existence: you cannot check out any material from this library. As it was explained to me, this is so the material will always be there. I didn't go see the dinosaur exhibit upstairs but I hear it is good. I did return a few times to finish the book... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Wow! This Library has its own energy! The building itself is architecturally amazing and there are people just everywhere. We just wandered in and around wherever we wished. Took photos, free wifi, just a fabulous free attraction to marvel at! Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This library is worth a visit, right from the art work outside to the magnificent ceiling, desks, lamps and peaceful ambience.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

I like the architecture of the building but also how there are new interiors as well. Some great rooms to explore. Located directly opposite Melbourne Central station, it also has adjoining cafe

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I just love this building. The LaTrobe reading room is amazing. You need a few hours to be able to get round and see it all. You will not be disappointed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The State Library dome is amazing. The history of such a huge architechtural vision is very interesting and well documented. The wonderful old books and various displays make a trip to the library a must for lovers of hstory.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

A superb public libray. Great architecture and wonderful facilites. Free exhibitions on site (including Ned Kelly's armour!) Free wireless connectivity and free use of computers. Nice cafe.

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