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State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This is a fascinating display on the life and times of Victor Hugo focussing on Les Miserable. There are a lot of original material displayed including his drafts of this famous tale. It also details the background history of Paris and France in the 1800's and includes photographs taken at the time as well as cartoons that were printed in... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Located almost in the heart of Melbourne CBD, the State Library of Victoria is a grand building that is so lovely, especially with its nice architectural designs. Its central location, near to bus and tram stations and even within walking distance from many hotels attract many visitors, local or foreign. You will not miss this building for sure and will... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Beautifully set out and in a delightfully designed building. Utterly sound proofed and the display I attended was very well presented.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It was absolutely beautiful! Great place to take a rest in the city. It also has a free art gallery if you want to take a look at some of Melbourne's history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

It's a beautiful building inside and out, quite decorative inside, over 5 stories. There is a Ned Kelly exhibition on one of the floors which makes it a little more than a library, there was another exhibition on a higher floor which was visually very interesting. The outside of the building is cool too. Lots of people hang out in... More

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Victoria Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Go and sit and enjoy. This place is delightful. So much history, so many books. Found one that my daughter edited.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Against many historic libraries in the world cities, the state library of Victoria is rather modernistic and contemporary. A great collection of books to get lost in for a whole day for reading enthusiasts. They mostly have interesting exhibitions on for free, open to all visitors and locals. Must check!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Awesome library, worth a visit, many photos on wall and all, beautiful gallery! 👌 Visit levels 2,3 and gallery❗️ Awesome library, worth a visit, many photos on wall and all, beautiful gallery! 👌 Visit levels 2,3 and gallery❗️

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Conveniently located. Very impressive heritage structure, superb architectural design, huge collections of books for every one specially students and research fellow. Facilities for photocopying articles. One can get free membership and can have e-library access. At present part of the area is under renovation but the facilities are uninterrupted.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is one of the best attractions anyone can hope for in a city of beautiful marvellous 1880s era.is very well kept and restored to perfection! Highly recommend a visit!easily accessible by city circle free tram ride too!

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