State Library of South Australia

Governance, policy and structure

The State Library of South Australia forms one of several agencies within the Arts South Australia division of the Department for the Premier and Cabinet. Other Arts South Australia agencies include the Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum, History Trust of South Australia, Artlab and Carrick Hill. Ministerial responsibility for the Arts portfolio currently resides with the Premier for Arts.

Libraries Board of South Australia

The Libraries Board is a statutory authority responsible for library policy and administration of the State Library of South Australia and the public library network.

The Board meets on the third Monday of each month with the exception of January and April. Meeting minutes for the current and previous year are available.

A Finance Sub-Committee of the Libraries Board meets quarterly. The Public Library Services Standing Committee meets monthly with the exception of January and April.

Corporate structure

Director of the State Library, Alan Smith, is responsible to the Executive Director of Arts SA and the Libraries Board of South Australia which is a statutory authority operating under the provisions of the Libraries Act 1982 as amended. The Board is responsible for the administration of the State Library and Public Library Services, and is responsible to the Minister for the Arts.

Governance of public libraries in South Australia operates within a memorandum of agreement between the Minister Assisting the Premier in the Arts and the President of the Local Government Association for funding public library and community information services 2011-12 to 2020-21. The Associate Director of Public Library Services reports to the Libraries Board through the Director of the State Library.

Corporate Structure, March 2016


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 collections, buildings and community events
  • Capability | Develop efficiency, capability and  capacity through  our skilled people and effective work practices

> Download the Strategic Plan 2018-2020.

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