State Library of South Australia

Donate to Our Collections

The Library encourages members of the community, organisations and businesses to consider donating material for appraisal, especially South Australiana, to increase the depth and range of the library's collections.

Most of the library's books, ephemera, letters, diaries, photographs, menus, wine labels, toys and games were donated by people who wish to see their items preserved for future generations to use.

Government records are held by State Records of South Australia or National Archives Australia (not the State Library). 

Donate a book or published material

We welcome donation offers for books and other published material if it meets our collecting criteria. Please check the Library catalogue first to see if the items are already held.

> Submit a published donation offer

Donate archive or unpublished material

Archival records are generated by individuals, families, societies or businesses in the course of everyday living, such as; paper documents, photographs, films, video or sound recordings, oral histories, maps, architectural plans, posters, parchment and computer disks.

We collect archival material of research value that is predominantly South Australian in content, or is by or about South Australians.

> Submit an archival or unpublished donation offer

Read the Frequently asked questions about archival material.

View the Archival Donor Pack - designed to help you provide us with the information we need.


Materials we usually don't accept for donation are:

  • Photocopies of original publications. Donating original documents is preferred but, if you wish to retain the original, copying arrangements can be made through us.
  • Materials that are in poor condition.
  • Materials that are already in the Library's collection.
  • Materials that are more suitable for another collecting institution.

In some instances, we can help you find other organisations which may be interested in the material.

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