NileGuide Expert Says:
Even if books aren’t your bag, the State Library of Victoria is a cultural icon with stunning architecture not to be missed by any design guru.
328 Swanston Street
3000 Melbourne, Australia
tel: +61 (0)3 9669 9888 / +61 (0)3 9669 9810
fax: +61 0 3 9669 9958
10a-9p Mon-Thu; 10a-6p Fri-Sun
Sitting proudly in the heart of Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD), the State Library of Victoria maintains a grandeur presence. Sprawling green lawn leads up to the grand example of 19th-century civic architecture, the mighty pillars and steps demanding a sense of knowledge and authority.
As the primary reference and research library in Victoria, the State Library is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Melbourne. With a focus on life-long learning, the State Library offers a wide range of educational lectures, seminars and exhibitions to keep the community engaged.
Don't fancy studying on your holiday? The design is worth the visit alone, the stunning La Trobe Reading Room will get you smarter by osmosis. The octagonal room houses balconies of journals, books and reference materials climbing the white walls to the glass ceiling.
Don't forget to pop into Mr Tulk Café on the La Trobe side of the building. This place makes books seem cool, and the café fare is so delectable locals come just for the coffee. Sleek and modern, the refurbished design bridges the gap between old and new, the massive arched windows permitting daylong sunshine to poor into the dark interior.