State Library of Victoria

The State Library of Victoria’s front steps and lawn make a great spot for soaking up the sun. In fact, pre–Fed Square, this was the city centre’s biggest public space and the main meeting spot for demonstrations. On the third floor of the Roman-style building is an impressive fi ve-storey octagonal reading room, restored to its original sky-lit splendour. The library also incorporates several art galleries and is now home to the Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing, Ideas, the centerpiece of Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature Initiative. This new hub for Victoria’s literary community hosts a year-round program of talks, readings and debates. Cnr Lonsdale and Swanston sts; (03) 8664 7000; open 10am–9pm Mon–Thurs, 10am–6pm Fri–Sun.

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