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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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This was a great place to visit on a rainy day - my mother and I ducked in to escape a rain shower. We purchased a couple of notebooks from the gift shop. Go up the lift to see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a great place to visit on a rainy day - my mother and I ducked in to escape a rain shower. We purchased a couple of notebooks from the gift shop. Go up the lift to see the original Ned Kelly's armour and a cute Possum Magic sculpture. There are also many displays of rare books and some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You can do your homework or just read or think, this place is perfect for silence and it is really pretty from the inside, it is a must see location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

the building is so fantastic. it has classic architecture, very big garden (yard) in front of it, the location is in the heart of melbourne city. Easy to access by tram or train. Free admission to enter. you can read any books you like. you will find a lot of people sitting on the yard field in the afternoon, just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful old building. The dome room is beautiful with displays and artwork. Currently have a Ned Kellys armour on display. Tram stop right outside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

one of the attraction that is just located opposite Melbourne Central. A good place to play pokemon and get books that you need. A good place to sit enjoy reading outdoor in good weather days

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The State Library of Victoria is located at the north end of the Swanston Street surrounded by modern buildings. Erected 1854 in Victorian style.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

beautiful library, which reminds me of the Public Library in NYC. Still go here for some peace and quiet on a Sunday, when most of the other libraries are shut. Wonderfully maintained. Some decent art, a lovely chess room. Wonderful "dome" room. pretty cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week ago

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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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.