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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  • Looking down from the upper floors and desks are located at radial and attractive. It was difficult to get to the upper floors. Yet ordinary libraries because local people through study, and fewer tourists are.
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  • A grand building of the Victorian era with a gorgeous dome and excellent facilities. With a day to spare in Melbourne I decided to visit the library. The changing face of Victoria exhibition was excel...  more »
  • As a student studying at Melbourne University (as it was commonly known then) I loved to spend hours under the magnificent dome of the State Library with the reading lights on each of the desks. Times...  more »
  • A fancy library but lacking the function of a real library. The online resources are pretty good. But i won't spend time browsing in the library. Still a good place to rest, hang out with friends or study. The information desk was a bit offensive while I was looking for a book which is not on the shelf. I feel it is a waste of resources if we can not have access directly to those books. Well, I know they have their concern, too. It is a big library after all.
  • The library has magnificent Victorian architecture, a rare sight in modern Australia. I was able to find most of the books that i needed. The staff was extremely helpful. You can read books, work on your laptop, free WiFi, visit the museum (it is inside the state library) and spend your time productively. I mean, who reads paper books in the e-book generation? Go, visit the library while you can and experience the long lost art of reading.
  • An architectural beauty set in the heart of Melbourne City. We walked to the library as we wanted to get our membership set up for the library and access the online e books. We were wowed by the regal beauty of the building. One thing we found tough was navigating our pram to the entrance. The ramp to push up our pram was located at an obscure corner. When we entered the premises, the fine architecture caught our eyes. The children reading section was very cosy and we spent our time reading there for a whole afternoon. We will definitely come back again.
  • One of the best libraries i have been by far. This library is not your typical library its most like a museum. When in Melbourne, make sure to visit the ambiance of this library. Well done to State Government.
  • Great for Instagram snaps. There have free cheese and checkers. They had a cool exhibition on the history of Victoria and Melbourne which was nice to look at.

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