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State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 8664 7000
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328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 8664 7000
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Reviewed August 7, 2016

it was closed for renovations when we went, but the building looks good from outside. just make sure to check when is it open.

Thank YG93
Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

I may be prejudice since I like libraries anyway, but this library is definitely a beautiful place! From the grand architecture, to well over an hours worth of things to look at, including Ned Kelly's armour and many other artifacts. I was there for about...More

Thank ground0000
Reviewed August 3, 2016

They have a number of exhibitions up in the dome where you can look down on the main library beautifully laid out especially late afternoon with the sunset light coming through the upper windows. The exhibitions about the history of book publishing, the making and...More

Thank Hilary F
Reviewed August 2, 2016

A rainy day in Melbourne so I took my toddler into the Play Pod, located in the Courtyard of The State Library. Compared to the kids spaces in the Brisbane libraries, this one is pretty average - however - she did have a good morning...More

Thank KP_Esther
Reviewed August 2, 2016

The library is very nice to look at. Around the main reading room, there are several floors of exhibits where you can learn about the history of the city and other interesting facts.

Thank kipy111
Reviewed August 2, 2016

There is something truly awesome about cavernous antique buildings that have been restored to their former glory. The dome of the State Library of Victoria is one such building and it reaches for the sky much like a cathedral. It is uplifting and inspiring. Sure,...More

Thank ggads
Reviewed August 2, 2016

We were supposed to go to the museum but that plan became less desirable for others in our party. So we found ourselves at the library and thought "what the hey? let's just go and check it out". There was actually some cool exhibits in...More

Thank JET8882
Reviewed August 1, 2016

what an awesome building well i must say it was restored brilliantly the display are so informative ,, overall the place has its aura that cannot be described in words....

Thank emillysears
Reviewed August 1, 2016

the state library built in 1856 is a library for research purposes only with a soaring dome ceiling in the reading room. the interior is truly stunning, housing a gallery and a beautiful function room. this is one of the must see sites in melbourne.

Thank 1mightymouse
Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

What an awesome building! The inside was fascinating. The furniture looked as if it had come from the original library - it had actually, but had been restored brilliantly. The displays are so informative. It was great to see how popular the library was. So...More

Thank Kendrah D
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Adeline T
May 20, 2017|
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Response from ChezmossAustralia | Reviewed this property |
Catch any tram on Bourke St, get off at Elizabeth /Bourke St Mall...walk down Elizabeth to Lonsdale st, Tram to Melb. central..Stop is right outside the library.
Marco T
January 19, 2015|
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Response from DustyDublin | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Marco, I have no idea. This is a wonderful building, over many floors. The upper floors circular the main part of the library creating an atrium type effect. There are many many books. There is always an exhibition and... More