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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
Phone Number: +61 3 8664 7000
10:00 - 18:00
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An Institution

Huge place with lots of books and history. There are numerous levels with different attractions. I can't remember what they have at each level but do try checking this place out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Huge place with lots of books and history. There are numerous levels with different attractions. I can't remember what they have at each level but do try checking this place out.

Thank SYM4L
Lenexa, KS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent about 90 minutes touring the very elaborate rotunda-styled building. The 6th floor had the best view of the overall structure and busy students and others quietly working below. The 5th floor had several exhibits worth viewing, especially that of the infamous Ned Kelly, along with his suit of armor. This building is free to walk in and you... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An absolutely stunning and inspiring, would absolutely recommend visiting here :) The art gallery is excellent also and a wonderful selection of books with many places to sit and work quietly and a GREAT cafe onsite too!

Thank 573claire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's right opposite Melbourne Central and is super easy to get to. Give yourself a couple of hours to visit and learn a little about the local culture and history. I enjoyed the architecture and the heritage exhibition.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is more a museum to visit and learn about the history of Melbourne and the history of books than a typical library. The views of the main reading room are excellent.

Thank KMChicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the first things I did when visiting Melbourne was visit the Library. Take the elevator all the way to the top floor. The view is amazing and can easily spend an hour up there trying to get the perfect aerial shot of the library.

Thank Vicki T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was breathe taking, so beautiful. Many people are reading and studying so it's good to be quiet and go up the gallery to take your selfies.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A friend recommended we stop by to check out the library. We were there for about an hour, wandering around. They had a great free exhibit that was very interesting. The building itself was beautiful. I would definitely check it out for a quick, free activity.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoy going to the State Library as it's a really cool open space. We enjoyed meeting friends at the children's corner as there's fun activities to do including drawing, colouring and reading. Comfy beanbags and open area for kids to run around. Perfect for hot days as it's cool and relaxing. Will go there again.

Thank Kwokey
East Coast, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very grand architecture, when you stand in the 2nd floor, make you feel like you are back to the 18 century. With the exhibits on display, you could just spend hours and hours staying in it. Not to mentioned for chest lover, they even have a room allowing you to play there for the entire day.

Thank ChuaLH

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