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State Library of Victoria

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Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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The State Library of Victoria is a central hub of activity where you can link in with a free walking tour of the city, eat in the cafe or take a break on the well-populated lawns... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The State Library of Victoria is a central hub of activity where you can link in with a free walking tour of the city, eat in the cafe or take a break on the well-populated lawns. Always check to see what exhibits the have on as this Library is a lot more than a Library. During one visit to Melbourne... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

very big , a lot of people reading, free books, you can study , very peaceful place . and very big library.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The State Library of Victoria is a wonderful, historical building in the Melbourne CBD and contains an area devoted to the family and criminal history of Ned Kelly as well as his actual suit of body armour.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I visited the library on my first day of Melbourne. It is such a large building! So beautiful from the inside. And a good place to study!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

very friendly and helpful staff, huge collection of resources - digital and print. Large study areas with great coffee shops, and easily accessible by tram

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stately properly describes this gem. Spacious, relaxed and welcoming, the library offers a comfortable refuge from the bustling city. A fantastic place to read, study or just relax.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The State Library is the most beautiful place to visit. The views of the Dome Room from the upper levels is amazing. The upper levels also house some great exhibitions including the real armour of Ned Kelly and an awesome history lesson of the early years of the Victorian colony. My husband and I really enjoyed this - not sure... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful display of arts and history, goes without saying, a very extensive book collection and they often have free exhibitions

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Victoria State Library is an astonishing building and includes some great exhibitions. We had the opportunity to know about the history of Melbourne through an impressive collection of objects, facts and figures.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went up to the top floor by lift to have a look at the view which was very nice, and then slowly made our way down the stairs and looked at all the exhibitions on the different floors. They are really well done, one about Ned Kelly, one of old books and magazines and Victoria through the ages. It's... More 

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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.
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