State Library Victoria, Melbourne

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Far more than just a place to read books, State Library 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. Put State Library Victoria on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Melbourne trip planner.
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  • The State Library of Victoria (SLV) contains the collective memory of the State of Victoria. In front of the SLV stands a statue of the founder of the SLV, Sir Redmond Barry. The SLV has recently...  more »
  • The State Library of Victoria (SLV) is a source of great pride for the people of Melbourne. It was founded by Sir Redmond Barry, who was also the first Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. The.....  more »
  • A well preserved heritage building with great adaptive reuse to serve current needs and requirements. Highly recommended place to visit.  more »
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  • This library is amazing! All book lovers will be at paradise. It's incredible to see so much books of all generations, the decor will bring you to another planet and you find yourself being like a writer.. Enjoy this chance to have access to this knowledge.. It's wonderful!
  • Love this place. The library was great and very informative. The architecture and exhibitions is really worthwhile. Spent about 2 hours here learning stuff about Melbourne. Best of all it’s free. Remember to signup for the free tour by volunteers. It’s really worth it
  • Really interesting building. Especially the dome. You are not allowed to borrow books however you can read them there. There are five or six floors with original manuscripts in the foyer space in the floors in between. The space is also used for events cool space
  • A must-visit if you are in the Melbourne CBD area. There are free exhibits in the galleries that can be very interesting and informative. You can start your visit by checking out what's on at the computer terminals located at the information section. There's currently a beautiful exhibition on the history of the book, perfect for a bibliophile like me. Make sure you take a good look at the famous dome and take a seat underneath it.
  • Spectacular outlook with openness to public visit, dome like central structure with octagon like design, hybrids modern with tradition. Library helpers were friendly and helpful. Deserve to spend half day burning time to read in this insightful architecture

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