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State Library of Victoria

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Address: 328 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 0386647000
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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awesome library ever!

Stunning exterior and interior of the library! easy to find and get to by public transport (tram). Highly recommend to visit this place especially it's main dome inside the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Seremban, Malaysia
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Seremban, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stunning exterior and interior of the library! easy to find and get to by public transport (tram). Highly recommend to visit this place especially it's main dome inside the library. A fav spot for photography lovers, but make sure don't make too much noise as there are still people studying inside. A must visit place in Melbourne!

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The building is beautiful from outside but a visit to the inside must be done. The main reading room is gorgeous so don't hesitate and go visit. There is a stop of the free tram circle that leaves you just some steps away from the main entrance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful building with many wonders inside. A great place to hang out, always something to do whether it is inside or out.

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A peaceful, Old Building that has been around for many many years . close to everything in the city. R M I T and Other Collages There are many books that are over 100 years old . A Must to Visit when you are in Melbourne...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Recommended to visit especially the dome shaped courtyard which was huge and beautiful. Definitely worth a de-tour for a photography session.

Thank NeoET
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The view from the gallery at the top floor was excellent. Neatly lined reading desks adorned the area. There are also galleries and exhibitions

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want to read some books or study or are interested in architecture, I recommend you to go. Around here, there are many restaurants whose main customer is students and the location is right besidr the central station.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a beautiful building and full of people reading, studying, using the free wifi as well as wandering around to see it all. The building itself is a work of art and it has galleries of works of art all around. We loved exploring all the nooks and viewing all that was around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very chilled out and nice place to relax on the grass, among the uni students. Also just across the road from Melbourne Central!

Thank Andrei M
Watsonville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As you walk up the stairs, you will see chess players moving their foot tall pieces around. You go through some type of security screening. Go up to the fifth floor(I believe) and you have a really nice view of the grand interior of the library. If you keep on walking on the same floor, you will encounter Ned Kelly's... More 

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Staying in Central Business District

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.