State Library of South Australia

About us

We keep alive the memories and stories of generations of South Australians - knowing who we are and learning from our past are vital to understanding our present and creating our future.

The State Library of South Australia is the largest public reference library in South Australia with a collection focus on South Australian information and general reference material for information and research purposes. We:

  • provide information, research and referral services for the community,
  • actively collect, preserve and give access to the state's documentary heritage (both historical and contemporary),
  • provide public programs which enhance the cultural life of the state,
  • provide support to South Australian public libraries network, and cooperate with other state and interstate agencies to enhance economic, educational and social benefits of the state.

Please note that our collections are not for loan and must be used on site. Some materials are available on inter-library loan; ask at your public library.

The State Library of South Australia acknowledges that Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders are the first people and Traditional Owners of Australia.

Strategic Plan 2018-2020

The State Library has released its Strategic Plan for 2018-2020 which identifies five priorities:

  • Collect | Build and maximise use of collections  and create content
  • Maintain | Guarantee access  for present and  future generations through a wide range of preservation  strategies 
  • Connect | Support learning and research for the community's  social and economic benefit 
  • Contribute | Contribute to and enrich the cultural  life of the State through our collec-tions, buildings and community events
  • Capability | Develop efficiency, capability and  capacity through  our skilled people  and effective work practices

> Download the Strategic Plan 2018-2020.

Contact Us

Phone Us: +61 8 8207 7250
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Visit Us: Corner North Tce
& Kintore Ave, Adelaide
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