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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  • We visited as tourists, rather than going to sudy any of the contents. The most impressive room is the central, round, La Trobe Reading Room and its dome glass roof - this was the largest dome in the ...  more »
  • It is a great library. Really nice, it used many, many times. Had become a Museum and on the 3rd floor. Seen from the top floor is more beautiful.
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  • This library established in 1854 is most frequented by the locals as by tourists. We can nevertheless take a look, including the dome, or there is a small exhibition. Pay attention however to the opening of the exhibition.
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  • The best public library that I have ever been to! Very historical and an amazing selection of books. The reference section has a very extensive amount of resources that should help with almost any research. The life sized chess in the front of the library was very nice to see. There truely is something for everyone at this library.
  • A beautiful ornate library with plenty to see and do. Regular exhibitions are held like the Ned Kelly seize and aftermath, including the “Royal Commission” after the Glenrowan event. These exhibitions and talks are free to participate in and you can use the Libraries web site to register. The genealogy society is located in the building, along with a reading room. The reading room is located under the dome and is a beautiful venue. Friendly staff will direct you when you enter the building from the Swanston Street entrance and you will find a number of new initiatives instigated by the library provided to the people and visitors of Melbourne.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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