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State Library of Victoria

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State Library of Victoria
Photograph: Roberto Seba

Time Out says

Take a free tour of the 1850s-built State Library, from the famous dome to the permanent exhibitions, to the Chess Room...

The State Library of Victoria is a cultural landmark that houses an incredible amount of books, as well as several exhibitions and galleries with a lot of history.

The library was established in 1856 and is a grand presence on Swanston Street with interior spaces to match. The La Trobe Reading Room is a six-storey-high domed room that is magnificent to look at. Beautiful artworks depicting Victoria’s history are exhibited in the Cowen Gallery for visitors to peruse. North and south rotundas and the Keith Murdoch gallery also hold exhibitions and artworks.

The library offers everything needed for a productive work day – free wifi, printing services and plenty of seating options (our pick is the aforementioned La Trobe Reading Room). Along with books and artworks, the State Library houses thousands of heritage items, maps, manuscripts and newspapers. Digital material is also available for readers to access. And all of this is free.

You can also find people lounging on the lawns in front of the library on a pleasant day. Mr Tulk café and Guild café are close by too to fuel the visitors with delicious treats while the Readings bookshop located inside the library gives them plenty to spend their money on.

By: Saakshi Gupta



Address: 328 Swanston St
Transport: Nearby stations: Melbourne Central
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10am-9pm; Fri-Sun 10am-6pm
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