State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

4.7
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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  • What a beautiful place to spend some time. Very restful especially when sitting at the very bottom looking up and around. Well worth a stop to just marvel at the architecture and surroundings.
  • Love it. Just love it. Take my pot plant (Lucas) with me every Wednesday for a nice relaxing read of my favourite (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) Just LOVE it. I absolutely love it :)
  • A beautiful library and a great space to escape with a book or crack out your laptop and get your work done. All of the services you'd expect from a modern library, though with some awesome extras too. The art gallery spaces are great to wander through and take in all that's on offer. The La Trobe reading room is absolutely spectacular and it's well worth a visit just for this alone.
  • 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.
  • This is a review for the tour of the State Library, not the facilities itself, per se. We signed up for the free Dome to Catacombs tour (please be courteous and do the library a favor and sign up in advance online...). The tour gives you the history of the building and a little about Melbourne itself, plus we got to go behind the scenes and see where the library keeps special collections, rare books, and even their old card catalogue! Everything in their collection can be requested by anyone, which is amazing. Highly recommend going on the tour!

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