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State Library Victoria

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The fourth most popular library in the world and the busiest in Australia, State Library Victoria is a must-visit Melbourne icon. Dating back to 1856, the State Library boasts incredible heritage architecture, free exhibitions, programs and events...more
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328 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A very well stocked library, enabling book lovers to go back in time to enjoy what they do. Browse and read books!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank DenduA
Reviewed 1 week ago

The SLV is one of Australia's great cultural institutions. It owes its existence to Sir Redmond Barry, a colonial-era civic leader of Irish origin. The SLV has one of the largest collections of books in Australia. You cannot borrow books, but you can read all...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of things to do. Excellent free exhibition on world of books. Very nice and helpful staff. Great old building.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Wanderer824840
Reviewed 1 week ago

Entry to the State Library is free. It has a beautiful dome ceiling over the La Trobe Reading Room, which you can explore from the different levels, or as part of a free tour. The tours are run by knowledgeable and passionate volunteers. There are...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank giddyin0z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great supporter of the Melbourne Writers Festival with great venues, friendly staff and the perfect atmosphere.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank michelle_author
Reviewed 1 week ago

we often don't become a tourist in our own back yards, this is an awe inspiring place to go see the building, inside and out is just amazing absolutely jaw dropping

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank ccutting75
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy access, a coffee shop and bookshop are just the start. Then explore the dome with its unique set of reading tables as the pictures show

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 772Leanne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The State Library Victoria is quite beautiful. We went to see the exhibition "The Changing Face of Victoria" which was interesting. We actually got to see the death mask of Ned Kelly!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Babette L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were walking past and saw a sign that said said' have a selfie in the dome' - so we went for a look. The architecture is stunning and worth it. Add to that the great exhibition about books and Victorian and it is a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank AJEMason
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The main reading room is amazing! A huge dome covering rows of benches radiating from a central point. There are impressive rare book exhibitions and beautiful art works to view. There’s a café, free wi-fi and you can book a tour. Worth going to see...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Kathryn M
June 20, 2019|
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Response from Nigel S | Reviewed this property |
Most libraries have storage lockers but they usually only can fit in smaller bags
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AdelineT275
May 20, 2017|
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Response from BillLeighty | Reviewed this property |
The 35 Tram runs right by it!
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Marco T
January 19, 2015|
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Response from 164Jayesh | Reviewed this property |
i do not see any reason to find how many books are there. just go there, you will not be disappointed. you will find your choice. Enjoy reading.Take help of excellent staff of library.
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