Welcome to the State Library of Victoria. I will just let you take in the architecture of that main reading room for a moment...
This was a little nugget of surprise on my trip to Melbourne. I was not expecting to find such an impressive library right in the middle of town. The building itself is fairly typical of the historic buildings you see all around Melbourne, lots of stone and pillars out front.
When you venture inside though you suddenly realize, this is a building that is very much in daily use. Its not just a tourist attraction but a working library that thousands of students are studying in every day. It is quite heart warming to see so many students working hard and silently reading as they study for all of their courses.
There are many different rooms in the library from the 'smaller' reading rooms to the rather elaborate and dome topped main reading room.
Its important if you visit to catch the lift up to the upper levels as you not only get a better view of the architecture, but you will also come across a museum. That's right, there is a museum in this library too, and its all dedicated to the history of books and the writing. This is a fun little museum as it runs in a ring around the main reading room.
I spent a lot longer than I thought I would here, not only photographing all of the architecture, but also working my way a-round the museum.