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State Library of Victoria

328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 8664 7000
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328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Central Business District
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent a pleasant few hours exploring in the lanes behind the main rooms. Follow the signs to the various displays. They are mostly free. There is security in the building so you can't take a back pack and you really don't need to. There...More

Thank brockwellcheryl7
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An impressive public library - go to the 5th floor for an awesome view of the rooftop and interior, plus some cultural history of the state, including ned kelly's armour.

Thank KimYinSG
Reviewed 5 days ago

Absolutely loved my visit to the library today with my family. We took the lift up to level 6 for the view and walked down the stairs to visit the current exhibitions. A highlight on level 5 was Ned Kelly’s armour. Level 4’s A world...More

Thank Vanessa M
Reviewed 6 days ago

It looks rather staid on the outside but the interior is a sight to behold. The domed atrium is stunning, the reading rooms are easy on the eye, the museum collection (including, at the time, Ned Kelly memorabilia) most interesting. We ere only there as...More

Thank buderimross
Reviewed 1 week ago

In times long-gone, as a school student and subsequent history of art tertiary student, I seemed to haunt this place. When I sat in the Queen's Hall, poring over art history folio books, and veiled in a palpable silence, I felt as if I'd gone...More

Thank Andy C
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful building to visit. Worthwhile to see for all ages with its stunning dome, architecture and museum featuring Ned Kelly. My children and marvelled at this stunning building.

Thank Vivien2223
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is by far the best library in the state of Victoria the spacious location many many thousands of books and resources. Historic place. a MUST visit

Thank FarisAlavi
Reviewed 1 week ago

The view from the balconies over the domed reading room is spectacular. We did not allocate enough time and energy for enjoying the exhibits, which included one on the art of books and one on history.

Thank nlc58
Reviewed 1 week ago

The glass dome is another triumph for Sir John Monash. Your eyes are drawn upward to the light five storeys above. So timeless is the design of the room with its balconies and arches that one person at the Academy Awards Library in Hollywood, on...More

Thank Stewart L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This building must be one of the most magnificent building in Melbourne the recent additions to the library has added a new dimension to a public building that is open to the public, I found that this facility has moved with the times and is...More

Thank Colin616
Central Business District
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
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Adeline T
20 May 2017|
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Response from William L | Reviewed this property |
The 35 Tram runs right by it!
Marco T
20 January 2015|
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Response from DustyDublin | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Marco, I have no idea. This is a wonderful building, over many floors. The upper floors circular the main part of the library creating an atrium type effect. There are many many books. There is always an exhibition and... More