Tuesday, 7 June 2016


The State Library of Victoria is the central library of the state of Victoria, Australia, located in Melbourne. It is on the block bounded by Swanston, La Trobe, Russell, and Little Lonsdale streets, in the northern centre of the central business district. The library holds over 2 million books and 16,000 serials, including the diaries of the city's founders, John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner, and the folios of Captain James Cook, R.N. It also houses the original armour of Ned Kelly.

The landmark Domed Reading Room, which opened in 1913 and was designed by Norman G. Peebles. Its octagonal space was designed to hold over a million books and up to 600 readers. It is 34.75 m in both diameter and height, and its oculus is nearly 5 m wide. The dome was the largest of its type in the world on completion.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


  1. I spent the four years of my undergraduate degree in the State Library of Victoria and loved the domed reading room more than I loved my own home. Here is a great reference readers might enjoy - Building a New World: a History of the State Library of Victoria 1853–1913" by Harriet Edquist.

    Thanks for the stunning photos and the link
    Melbourne's stunning State Library: 1853-1913

  2. Photos such as these make me more aware of architectural diversity.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/06/circa-1953-and-now.html

  3. what a great stately building with so many awesome dimensions. I am sure there has been a lot of accelerated learning going on there
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  4. I wish we had gone inside when there last year. Just looked at my photo and it had a scaffolding to the right behind the statue of Redmond Barry.

  5. Impressive library. Nice indoors photos


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