State Library Victoria
State Library Victoria is conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from Mercure Welcome hotel, making it a must-visit destination during your stay in Melbourne. State Library Victoria, established in 1854, is one of Melbourne's most iconic landmarks and Australia's oldest public library. Its magnificent 19th-century building houses some of the city's most beautiful heritage interiors and boasts the majestic octagonal domed ceiling of the La Trobe Reading Room as its special highlight.
The library's extensive collections, which reflect Victoria's changing face over the past 150 years, include over two million books, hundreds of thousands of pictures, newspapers, maps and manuscripts, and masses of audio, video, and digital material. Among its prized possessions is Ned Kelly's complete Armor.
The library's green lawn is a popular gathering spot, where visitors can enjoy events and busking performances. Additionally, the library's various galleries house permanent and touring exhibitions, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the history and culture of Victoria.
Guided tours of the library are available free of charge, and visitors are welcome to explore the collections and galleries at their leisure. Whether you're a history buff, a literature lover, or simply looking for a beautiful place to relax, the State Library Victoria is not to be missed.