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State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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4.7/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web
Far more than just a place to read books, State Library of Victoria provides both entertainment and a close look at one of Melbourne's architectural gems. Admire the heritage building's Neoclassical facade, giant dome, and manicured lawn before heading inside for a guided tour. You'll discover reading rooms featuring rich wood furnishings, galleries with sculptures and framed portraits, and halls with Romanesque columns reaching up to skylights. Play a game in the Chess Room or video games on one the latest consoles. Before you head to Melbourne, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Melbourne travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Melbourne has to offer, including State Library of Victoria.
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  • Free wifi is a bonus and free computers to use are great. The building is amazing and there is plenty to see as there are plenty of free exhibits to walk around and explore. 
  • I was fortunate to be staying at a place directly opposite the State Library, and had it to wake up to every morning. I eventually made my way inside and was taken in by the beauty of the reading room...  read more »
  • It's an amazing building it's style is Neoclassical architecture. Take the time to step inside the building on your visit to the the City of Melbourne It's at 328 Swanston Street (on a CBD Free tram s...  read more »
  • The house of knowledge located within the heart of the city. It is a huge library with almost 2 million books and free wifi. They also exhibit the various arts. There are many reading rooms and it has a chess room with variety of materials about chess. The grass lawn in front of the library is a popular spot for every one. The statues installed in the lawn are beautiful.
  • AMMENDMENT: walked by with my wife and children on a pokemon hunt when i was met by dozens of rowdy, foul mouthed thugs drinking alcohol and smoking drugs at the libraries large front gardens. On one occasion one of the many skateboarders almost collided with my youngest child. These gangs were also urinating in public without any care or concern to those around them. The whole area was extremely filthy, with graffiti, urine, broken bottles and rubbish everywhere. To say i was shocked is an understatement. I and my family felt unsafe and we left shortly afterwards. We will not return. NOT RECOMMENDED.
  • Love sitting on the grass during lunch in spring and summer, the inside is amazing to admire the architecture and history of the building, great displays as well and there is no shortage of books and computers (but can get full with uni students using the computers)
  • This building is a must visit landmark of Melbourne. The size, architecture, building tour, chess floor, are worth seeing. The library tour is also recommended. And of course there is free WiFi, a great service for tourists and locals alike.
  • The best. Awesome place. As soon as you enter you feel alive. This place has a history. It has different levels where you can study. Very quiet.There is a museum at the top level, which is amazing. Must visit.
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