State Library of South Australia

About us

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.


  • 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.

Our history


Strategic Plan 2014-2017

The State Library has released its Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 which identifies five priorities that focus on our customers, collections, digital responsibilities, cultural role and the people and partners we need to make it happen. While it builds on our previous plan it also signals some key changes and initiatives. 

State Library of SA Strategic Plan 2014-2017

Overview of the Strategic Plan 2014-2017

Contact Us

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