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Portrait courtesy of Leah Jeffries Zabair Safi 2018 Oil on Masonite

To Tell Another’s Story – Australian Refugee Association Portrait Exhibition 2018

Date: 23 June 2018 to 12 August 2018

Location: Treasures Wall Gallery

Note: Open during Library hours

Featuring portraits of local refugees by South Australian artists, this exhibition captures themes of multiculturalism, human rights, cultural diversity and anti-racism.

See the images and stories of refugees and the challenges and successes of their incredible journeys.

Papyrus parchment and paper from the Rare Books of the State Library

Papyrus, parchment and paper: from the Rare Books Collection of the State Library

Date: 21 June 2018 to 19 August 2018

Location: Treasures Wall

Note: Open during Library hours

The State Library's Rare Books Collection is a treasure trove of beauty, artistry and skill. From our glorious 13th century Antiphonal illuminated in gold, books of hours from the 14th and 15th centuries and leaves from an Armenian Bible from the 9th century, to the beautiful works of William Morris and his Kelmscott Press of the late 1800s, this is your chance to come face to face with some of our state's most beautiful treasures.

Institute Building North Terrace c1864 State Library of South Australia PRG 280 1 37 258

North Terrace: east to west

Time: 10am to 5pm

Location: Ante Chamber, Institute Building

Note: Closed public holidays

North Terrace is often referred to as Adelaide's cultural boulevard. Travel westwards from East Terrace to the top of Port Road and you will see some of our city's grandest buildings and institutions. But you are also walking through Adelaide's past - the pubs, dancehalls, shops and houses.

Most of the photographs on display are of buildings that no longer exist. From the magnificent Exhibition Building to the humble cottages of the west-end, take some time to explore North Terrace as it used to be.

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