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State Library of Victoria

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Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Just Sit and Think

A lovely place to just sit and think very popluar for uni-students to have a relaxing time during the dat and to have lunch out the front. Also a great place to study for exams as... read more

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Malvern, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A lovely place to just sit and think very popluar for uni-students to have a relaxing time during the dat and to have lunch out the front. Also a great place to study for exams as it is very quite inside the library

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

Excellent set up, easy access to top floor. Gorgeous.thoroughly enjoyed soaking up information and atmosphere

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

Victoria's state library has fascinating insights into colonial history. Well worth the visit for those interested in this.

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 6 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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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 6 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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