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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 - 18:00
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Beautiful Library but Complicated

The Library is beautiful and full of free resources and exhibitions. The printing and computer services and complicated and confusing for a first time user and the wait for a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Newcastle, Australia
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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Library is beautiful and full of free resources and exhibitions. The printing and computer services and complicated and confusing for a first time user and the wait for a computer can be upwards of half an hour.

Thank MrElliottFish
Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Melbourne has a beatutiful Library that is a must to visit. From the moment we walked in we were transported to a peaceful place...going to the second floor is a must. The ceiling and decoration are beautiful...worth walking around.

Thank AdriannaZuga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of Melbourne's treasures. A living piece of the city's history that is open to all to explore and spend time in. Don't miss the Reading Room and make sure that you head upstairs to look at the various exhibitions freely available to visitors, such as the Cowen Gallery exhibition of oil paintings and sculpture and the fascinating... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

a must see if you are visiting Melbourne! The interiors are beautiful and everyone who's been to this library says they'd want to study there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Now, this is a place I never thought I would shout from the rafters about...but believe me VISIT THIS PLACE. You will be wowed by the reading room - a glass domed room that is stunning on a sunny day and I am sure equally as impressive on a rainy day. The Library has exhibitions that rival any museum and... More 

Thank Ann M
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful building great art exhibitions lovely reading and computer rooms .... great history of Victoria well worth a visit ... quiet too .....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 4 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 4 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.

Thank Jennifer M

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