This was one of the places I never intended to see while I was in Melbourne, I simply stumbled over it for it’s great, grand, glorious structure. Until this day I thank the heavens for letting me get lost here because just writing about it makes my heart tingle and my stomach tickle.
I have found myself lost (and undoubtingly in love) in what has to be one of Australia’s most priced locations: The State Library of Victoria. It is located in the very heart of Melbourne’s waffle-grid map and it is a place any literary and art enthusiast shouldn’t miss.
The grand structure is lovely and amazing: detailed columns, brick walls, iron railings? It’s beauty will enthral anyone with a major love affair with books and the arts. The green grass outside is covered with red bean bags where Aussies can sit on and just look at the sky from. A giant chess piece (ala Harry Potter size) will great you as you draw closer to the entrance of the great structure.
When inside, one will find that Australia also has a love affair with books. They house their books well, they take care of them well, they collect a large variety as well. It makes you wonder on how our own country values books and the arts and how we appreciate our books and the arts. Here, it was preserved. taken cared of, valued by the government and it’s people.
It is floors and halls of chairs, tables, and shelves filled with classics to modern novels. Wandering around will leave you breathless-it’s like a gallery inside.
They have a floor where you can play chess, a literal gallery with paintings from the years before Warhol, a room where you can chill with your laptop, a quiet room, a room for students who want to have meetings, a cafe, a souvenir shop, a room where you can read, another room where you can read, another room where you can read, oh, and then there’s THE LA TROBE READING ROOM.
The. Great. La. Trobe. Reading. Room. A dream dome for any human being who has a heart. Walking into the hall was like a slow motion scene from a film with the character’s eyes broadening with happiness. It was amazing.
The hall is wrapped by a gallery that literally goes around it. In this gallery, you will find a floor attributed to Ned Kelly, an important character in Australian history. He is pretty much considered as a national hero with his very Robin Hood story. In this floor, you will find the very armour Ned Kelly used, encased inside a glass square **cue in goosebumps**.
In the same circular gallery, but in a separate floor, you will see some of Ned Kelly’s writings and notes-yep, the original. As you go further in, the type of pieces in the gallery gets more modern-from modern literary pieces to modern advertising. You can only imagine how much my heart leapt upon seeing this place.
I spent a good 2 hours just going around this library, it is free and worth the visit if you’re a geeky traveller like me. I sure do wish that some person could invent a transportation device so I can go here whenever my heart desires. For now, however, I will miss you dearly.
Such Is Life (Ned Kelly, sometime in history),