Postcard from the State Library of Victoria

August 25, 2011 in Australia,Places,Victoria

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the library. The quiet organization mingles with a sense of possibility: everything has its place, but you never know what might be waiting for you. I’m still secretly thrilled every time I check a book out of the library: hours of entertainment, and for free!

Dome in State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

After spotting the State Library of Victoria on a Play Melbourne commercial, I instantly fell in love. Who wouldn’t be inspired to learn in surroundings like that? On my first visit to the library, I instantly regretted not living right next door so that I could spend every afternoon here: reading, writing, playing chess (OK, watching other people play chess and wishing I knew how). It’s simply a gorgeous space that seems to buzz with vigor despite its (almost) silence.

Dome in State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Simply adore those green reading lamps.

Dome in State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Dome in State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Art gallery in State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia


An art gallery in the library: two of my favorite destinations in one place.Β Art gallery in State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia


Exterior of State Library of victoria, Melbourne, Australia

There is also an excellent photography exhibition on: As Modern As Tomorrow. It’s great to see an iconic public space that functions so well in today’s society and is clearly connected to what patrons want: internet access, namely. The library also houses Mr Tulk, one of my favorite cafes in the CBD with spot-on food and laid-back staff, and the Wheeler Centre, which hosts fabulous talks and panels for the culturally hungry.

The library is a great place to read up on ancient history and pick up some modern classics, or just do some old-fashioned research on Egypt holidays!Β 

  • Gorgeous! Reminds me a little of the Library of Congress in DC. I love libraries too πŸ™‚

  • Gorgeous! I would love to get lost there for an afternoon… πŸ˜‰

  • Reminds me so much of l’IHNA in Paris. Love the architecture!Β 

  • I’ve been obsessed with libraries since I was little too. Unfortunately, the library in my little Spanish city is nothing special, but thankfully I have my Kindle. Totally recommend it to expats…though I prefer the feel of a book in my hands, it’s a great runner-up.

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  • Great post! Love libraries too. Spent a lot of time in them as a kid and adult, especially at university. I remember when Terence and I were studying communications at UTS on weekends it was only us and the diligent Asian students at the library πŸ™‚ I’ve never been to Vic’s State Library, will have to check it out. The NSW one is very special too – went there weekly when I worked next door at the NSW Parliament for 7 years (my first career). Great to see you seeing so much of Melbourne and things that a lot of expats wouldn’t necessarily explore πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Haven’t been to the Library of Congress–must add that one to my list πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Need a rainy day so that I can hole up here and be inspired to do a bit of writing…or reading…or chess playing…or picture taking πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it gorgeous? Seems like it belongs in Europe, not Australia!

  • Anonymous

    I just like joining a library–free books! The one that I belong to in St Kilda isn’t nearly as gorgeous as the one in the city, but it has free wifi and lots of books, and that’s all I really want πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    There’s an exhibit on at the NSW one right now that I want to check out–so I’ll certainly be stopping in next time I’m in Sydney! Trying my best to get out and see all that I can–I’m in the last six months of my visa now, so starting to feel the pressure πŸ™‚ Also, how awesome is this ad–it’s what inspired me to check out the library:

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  • Anonymous

    Where’s the fifth floor of Meriam?

  • Rajasthan Tours Operator

    wow what a stunning library i think i will start study now when i watch this

  • Rajasthan Tours

    Wow Gorgeous! its large and beautiful .

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