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State Library of Victoria

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The fourth most popular library in the world and the busiest in Australia, State Library Victoria is a must-visit Melbourne icon. Dating back to 1856, the State Library boasts incredible heritage architecture, free exhibitions, programs and events...more
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328 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 8664 7000
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All reviews reading room ned kelly beautiful building free wifi on display free exhibition amazing architecture interesting displays old building worth a visit swanston street art gallery rainy day great place to visit dome armour libraries
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Reviewed yesterday

A visitor to Melbourne should not miss the State Library of Victoria. Apart fro a superb collection of books and collections of Victoran history the library’s central reading room, recently renovated, is well with a look. Or you could just come in to read a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

The State Library is housed in an unusual building. Mainly a five storey high dome, in Victorian style, with tables radiating from the centre. It’s so beautiful I could have stayed all day. Upstairs in the gallery there was an exhibition of graphic lettering, book...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Diana B
Reviewed 2 days ago

A staff member went out of his way trying to track down a photo we understood was at the Library. Not successful but we appreciated his efforts.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank vicx50
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lived here 47 years first visit with US visitors ,was great afternoon ! Easy to get to in the city by tram

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lawrence F
Reviewed 4 days ago

I show everyone who visits this place. I know things are moving around during construction, but there is still plenty to see while the famous armour is tucked away. Miss the beautiful steps at the moment - hurry and uncover those soon - the CBD...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Boswella
Reviewed 1 week ago

Melbourne offers so much for free including the tours. Some you have to book for. The presenters are always enthusiastic and want to share their knowledge. The State Library has for everyone something to offer. eg. want to be alone, or be in the awesome...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Imke C
Reviewed 1 week ago

You don't have to be a book worm to enjoy such a marvellous establishment..its a fantastic experience...and free. We were met by one of the volunteers, who kindly gave us a 10 minute guide to the building & then were left to look around on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jill p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful day out at the iconic Victorian State Library. Can’t belueve I’ve lived in Melbourne half my life and never visited before. Beautiful architecture, a massive amount to explore, art galleries and the piece de resistance, the Dome. What a magnificent place to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The reading room was looking tired. Worn stained chairs that were thread bare, loose taps in the toilets . Public spaces are for everyone- I noticed that people come here to charge their phones, and sometimes to sleep. The security are good at addressing the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Meegielou
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most visitors do not visit libraries, but this one has a nice surprise: the original coat of armor worn by Ned Kelly.

Date of experience: October 2018
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20 May 2017|
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Response from BillLeighty | Reviewed this property |
The 35 Tram runs right by it!
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20 January 2015|
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Response from 164Jayesh | Reviewed this property |
i do not see any reason to find how many books are there. just go there, you will not be disappointed. you will find your choice. Enjoy reading.Take help of excellent staff of library.