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State Library of Victoria

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Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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The building itself is worth seeing. So beautiful and impressive, it seems to have come out of a fairytale. And there are nice (and free) exhibitions, including the armour of Ned... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Poitiers, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The building itself is worth seeing. So beautiful and impressive, it seems to have come out of a fairytale. And there are nice (and free) exhibitions, including the armour of Ned Kelly.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For all my travels I have never been to a library that locks you out. Once you get past the security befitting a royal palace the library offers a delightful space to read and research. Such a pity one feels so unwelcome

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Take the elevator to the 3rd or 4th floor and look down on the domed reading room. On the 3rd floor are historical displays of the beginning of Melbourne and Victoria. About 3/4's away though is a nice display on Ned Kelly and his gang and has Kelly's handmade suit of armour and electronic display on its makeup.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A wonderful place to get reading materials or to work from. Despite its popularity, there is always desk available. Staff are very helpful and friendly to find what one is looking for. A great venue across season and it is centrally located near trams, trains and buses

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visited this library many years ago when Libraries were 'old school'. These days people use the space but rarely the collections of books. The building is great to see from the inside. The dome is wonderful. The galleries are interesting for a stroll around. Well worth popping in and looking about.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the building which is on an iconic spot opposite Melbourne central and adjacent to the Queen Victoria building. Nice place to read a book or even get info online via computer surfing if you have forgotten to get your laptops. There is an array of books from different spheres and a multitude of DVD collection. Love strolling upstairs and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A massive mind boggling structure, wonderful siting and lighting inside the library. A wide range of books and DVD collections

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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see for everyone a beautiful building inside with lots of extra information make sure you go upstairs

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The State Library is a superb building - don't miss the Reading Room and of course the spectacular dome. There is an interesting Art collection of historical Melbourne scenes and the special collections on the upstairs level, of rare books, illuminated manuscripts etc is a book-lovers' dream.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't sure about visiting a library whilst on holiday but glad I did. The architecture inside and out is stunning and the library is huge. There is a domed ceiling and many floors you can go up to, to look down at the library. Lots of historical facts on every floor to read too. Worth a visit.

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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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