State Library of South Australia

Tours of the State Library

Are you a Teacher or a community group?

The State Library has designed tours specifically for students in reception to 2, primary years 2 to 7, secondary years 8 to 10 and tertiary institutes.

We can also work with you to tailor tours for community groups. For more information check out our Community Programs.

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 Weekday tours

Make yourself at home

Monday to Friday, book a 11am tour or book a 2pm tour

Immerse yourself in your South Australian heritage and more.

The Mortlock Chamber


Marvel at the magnificent Victorian-era Mortlock Wing - voted in the top 20 most beautiful libraries in the world. Browse a range of special exhibitions throughout the three State Library buildings. Hear stories of people, places and events that have helped shape South Australia.


 Special tours - monthly during 2017

Behind the scenes: care and repair

A rare opportunity to meet conservation staff at work in the State Library.

A book requiring conservation at the State Library of SA


Visit the State Library Preservation Studios in the basement of the Mortlock Wing and see specialist staff practicing state of the art techniques to save our state's heritage. Book online now!


Your history heartlands

The weather might be cold but the history is hot! Grab your coat and find out what the neighbours have been up to.

Your history heartlands tour BRG3472007


From stories of destitution and loss, to a celebration of art and learning - brave the elements this winter and join your guide for an easy stroll around the buildings that border the State Library. Trace how this cluster of colonial institutions has grown to become the cultural heart of South Australia. Book online now!


The good, the bad and the barely believable

Crime in the colony - tales of law and disorder in the 'convict free' state.

The Adelaide Gaol - Crime in the colony


No place for the fainthearted, with gritty tales of law and disorder in colonial times. Hear stories about the dark underbelly of early South Australia, from bushrangers and hangings to the hulk with echoes of Dickensian times moored off Largs Bay. Discover colourful characters and enjoy a good dash of black humour. Book online now!


Salt in your eyes

Shipboard tales of life and loss on the high seas.

Shipboard tales of life and loss on the high seas


Shipboard tales and new beginnings in the colony. Feel the excitement and danger of early sea voyages to South Australia through stories of colonial families and their experiences. Get to meet some of the adventurous and quirky passengers who set sail for a home on the other side of the world. Book online now!


Tours of the State Library

Walking Tours

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The State Library of South Australia offers several self-guided walking tours highlighting historical aspects of the city of Adelaide, allowing you to travel through time at your own pace. View our Walking tours for mobile devices library guide for descriptions of the tours and instructions on how to download our app to your smartphone or tablet.

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