State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

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. Put State Library of Victoria on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Melbourne trip planner.
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  • Because it was highly recommended guide books and local staff who tried to go! Not many is research on computer chess and reading room views from the upper floors is very heavy, but a heavy atmosphere, attracts lots of tourists! On-site exhibits, there was spectacular!
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  • Apart from the fact it is free, the State Library of Victoria is a must-see for anyone visiting Melbourne and looking for things to do. The dome architecture is just simply too stunning for words and ...  more »
  • We were looking to kill some time while in the city and we decided to visit the State Library which is just adjacent to Melbourne Central. The architecture was impressive inside out. My 7-year old son...  more »
  • One of the most interesting libraries I've seen! This place is not your normal library! Not only has it got an unusual design but it has about 3 levels of a museum type set up where you can walk around each level and find out interesting facts about Australia, Melbourne and its surrounding areas, history and also art work too. It's both visually impressive and serves its primary purpose of being a good sized functional library.
  • Such a stunning example of old time architecture. The State Library of Victoria is a must visit not only for the students but for everyone else too. There are always amazing and ever changing exhibitions to check out on level 5, tours through the chambers normally closed to the public and free wifi and comfy chairs for those hoping to just sit back and soak up a bit of knowledge. Make sure to check out every room in the location for a different feel.
  • Awesome Library. It is located in the heart of the city. It is only a reference Library and one can't borrow books. Free WiFi is available. The dome inside the Library is a marvellous architecture which has amazing views from the balcony as shown in the pictures.Usually crowded. A must see place if you are in Melbourne.
  • A landmark of Melbourne. The state library is deeply connected to the culture of Melbourne, it is often decorated based on certain events the city runs. The library is open to all during business hours and has a large range of books and other media available for viewing and borrowing. Anybody with a Victorian address cam borrow a book free of charge.
  • Melbourne's cathedral to books is a wonderful place to escape the hustle and bustle of the craziness outside. A great place to find a hidden gem of history and literature. Take the elevator up to the Dome galleries and peer down at university students, scholars, researchers and the general public studying in the LaTrobe Reading Room. Also many large public protests and events happen out in the public forecourt, causing the library to be busy. but overall a good place

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The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
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