State Library Victoria, Melbourne

4.7
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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  • It's a great place to stay. One cut in front of the statue. People who sit in front of the stairs and book. And seem to be free. I'm repairing it now, so I can turn around and go to the other side.
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  • Amazing how this building is a testament to historic and has a gorgeous Instagram type of aesthetic, yet is free from the crowds. The above mentioned tour is worth signing up for in advance and it doe...  more »
  • Yes the main 'reading' room is as was and you instinctively remain quiet. All the Balconies have displays well worth a quick or long visit. Free entry great.  more »
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  • It is the best library to study in. Holy as a church, inspiring like a University. I always hope to stay in a city with great library. Melbourne is definitely a city of this kind. Broad area makes air fresh. It is beautiful as well, with so many paintings and exhibits. It is being renovated at this moment, more modern with even more spaces. The first time I came to Melbourne, I stayed in this library for 5 hours- originally planned for 40 minutes - just sit there reading books. Great place to visit.
  • Located just 100m away from Melbourne central station. The entrance is through the Russel St. The book collection is good. One can use the computers there or just take your laptop and study. You don't want to buy books of different topics then this is the place for you. Also, you will find really good exhibitions and tours. Go and enjoy this beautiful place.
  • This place is amazing. We didn't go for the books per se but for checking out the dome and all the items they displayed. The old books and papers were so awesome. The dome was so beautiful.
  • The grandeur and architecture is quite magical. Also, the top floor view of the reading room is impressive. The exhibitions of old manuscripts is equally interesting as well, housing items such as healing scrolls.
  • Photo opportunity! This library is housed in one of Melbourne's most photogenic heritage buildings. It is worth taking the lift up to level 4 then walking up to levels 5-6 to snap 'the dome'. Tristan the volunteer guide on level 4 was super helpful in giving advice as to where good photos can be taken. Study opportunity! There are plenty of desks for people to read and study. There are over 2 million items in the library collection, with roughly 20 percent available on site (there is roughly a 24 hour turn around for off site items). Note, this is not a borrowing library; all books must remain in the building. Overall, it is a great place for a casual visit or study - well worth visiting for either.
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