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State Library of Victoria

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Address: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 0386647000
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Incredible Renovation, unbelievable historic workmanship

This World Class State Library. Beautiful and newly renovated Melbourne State Library. Beautiful and very grand. The ceilings are very high and it also has a gallery there. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This World Class State Library. Beautiful and newly renovated Melbourne State Library. Beautiful and very grand. The ceilings are very high and it also has a gallery there. It is a must to see for tourists. You will love it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Dome is a beautiful study area, and there are many game rooms on the higher floors, suitable for a quiet game of chess with a friend. The librarians are very responsible in keeping the place quiet (particularly in the Dome), so this is the perfect place for you if you're looking for a nice, cooling place to wind down... More 

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Sale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The State Library is a hive of activity all day, with hundreds of people accessing the online archives and enjoying the facilities. From coffee or lunch at Mr. Tulk, a game of chess outside the entrance, to perusing the collections or enjoying the Australian art. The staff are helpful and the wifi is free. And visit Readings for some stationary... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The State Library of Victoria (SLV) is one of Australia's best research libraries. You can't borrow from the SLV but you can access an enormous range of books to be read in the library. The SLV also has a fascinating range of exhibits, including Ned Kelly's armour, worn by Australia's most famous outlaw.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I knew little about Strutt and his work. This exhibition offers insights into life in colonial Victoria through incredibly detailed sketches and paintings. We took a guided tour which was interesting and presented well. I suggest taking this tour before seeing the exhibition to get the most out of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I really like this place, so classy inside especially the study room on the third floor, the librarians are very helpful and friendly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If not for the love of books , we can definitely go to this place for its architecture and build. I had been there cpl of weeks accidentally while waiting for a tram stop and some free exhibition related to Mr. Burke was on. I would not say it is one of the must go places if you are a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the library while waiting for our walking tour ~ definitely worth going inside. Beautiful building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The State Library, as wel las being housed in a historical building, houses a huge assortment of books for borrowing, research, and general browsing. It also holds an extensive range of magazines and newspapers, both from around Australia and International editions. The reading room is a "must visit" Melbourne icon. Calm and quiet, it serves as perfect sanctuary from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an amazing place to visit, as well as being a wonderful library. The building itself is stunning. Take the lift near the front entrance as high as you can and look down into the Latrobe Reading Room, a magnificent room. There are exhibitions of art as well as books and history in galleries around the reading room, and... More 

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