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State Library of Victoria

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Central Business District
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Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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+61 3 8664 7000
10:00 - 21:00
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Lovely reading room

Well worth a visit to see the architecture of the reading room, and some interesting displays that cover literature and local history.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth a visit to see the architecture of the reading room, and some interesting displays that cover literature and local history.

Thank Karen S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful building, rich in history. It just makes you want to learn. Fantastic exhibits and well maintained. Great way to spend an hour or more.

Thank Travelbugs2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was really blown away by the level of services, accessibility, and events offered by the library. It is DEFINITELY a must see! Get inside and tour the small gallery, but certainly make your way into the main reading room for some of their rotating exhibitions and breathtaking views from the top of the room. There is also a lovely... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Dropped in here on a whim. The radio exhibition was great for people over 30, not so interesting for the under 20s. The dome, and it's little nooks and crannies with Ned Kelly history and the old photos of Victoria, kept the teens amused for a good hour. Good place to spend an hour or so indoors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It has internet, great permanent and temporary exhibitions and amazing halls. Worth a visit and very handy on the wintery or wet days.

Thank Jon Y
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Apart frmt he obvious - books, there is gallery space in this library too which is very well laid out and very interesting. Apart from that it is just a marvellous building.

Thank Polly D
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had seen photos online, but in person the central reading room was even more awe-inspiring. I spent several hours wandering around taking it all in, and could easily have spent even more time there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

lovely building, easy to grab a spot to do some study, beautiful central arched room, strong wifi, also has some great gallery exhibits. love coming here

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a pop in! The outside is very nice but the inside is very beautiful. There is lots of history and it is the meeting point of the free walking tour were you can learn more about it! There is normally an event going on inside such as and art exhibition and there is lots going on around it. Nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The State library is worth a visit. The lovely reading room is inspiring. The collection of Ned Kelly artifacts with his history is informative.

Thank RuthPH61

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