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Science in Context

A new eResource - Science in Context

Date: 13 December 2018

The State Library is pleased to provide our customers with access to Science in Context.

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A new eResource - NewsBank

Date: 13 December 2018

The State Library is pleased to provide our customers with access to NewsBank for six months, until the end of June 2019.

Relaunch of the South Australians at War website

Relaunch of the South Australian’s at War website

Date: 7 November 2018

We are pleased to announce the launch of the South Australian's at War website to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918.

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Access Australia: Free trial for our onsite and remote customers

Date: 16 October 2018

The State Library of South Australia has been offered a free trial ending on 16 November 2018 of Access Australia from NewsBank.

ANZSI SA members left to right Janet Wilkinson Judy Richter Silvia Muscardin Jane Oliver John Liddle

In celebration of National Indexing Day - 29 March 2018

Date: 26 March 2018

In 1872 businessman Emanuel Solomon commissioned photographer Henry Jones to create 'The Old Colonists Banquet Group' of men. It commemorates a free banquet Solomon held at the Adelaide Town Hall on 28 December 1871 for fellow colonists 'who date their arrival before 1841'.

Copy Centre service counter closed

The Copy Centre service counter closed on Sunday 12 November.

Right Wrongs website launched

Date: 27 May 2017

Explore the new site created in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum

Right Wrongs website launched

Right Wrongs website launched

Explore the new Right Wrongs website created in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum.

Old Colonists now on display in the State Library of SA

Meet the Old Colonists

Come in and have a look, the are located in the Spence Wing walkway, near to the security desk.

Or you can explore the groups of men and women online.

Lighting update in the Institute Gallery

We're updating the lighting in the Institute Gallery. The Gallery will be closed from Monday, 21 November until further notice.

Our exhibition, A Few of Our Favourite Things, is still showing in the Treasures Wall and other areas of the Institute Building.

Grattan Institute Podcast

Podcast: South Australia's power system: A crisis or a canary?

Date: 10 October 2016

Listen to the podcast of a recently hosted discussion on 'South Australia's power system: A crisis or a canary? ' Grattan Institute podcast 2016 Proudly bought to you by the State Library of SA and the Grattan Institute.

Heavy falls of water over a dam in Adelaide after a storm in 1917

Do you have great footage of the recent storm?

Date: 30 September 2016

We would like to collect any photographs or video footage of the worst  storm to hit South Australia for 50 years.

You can submit your footage directly via our Flickr site or email us.

Offsite retrievals restricted, with some materials unavailable

Date: 28 September 2016

Retrieval of collection items from the State Library's offsite store is temporarily unavailable due to the extreme weather conditions this week (28-30 September 2016).

The situation is being monitored and retrievals will resume as soon as is practical.

Please contact the State Library on phone: (08) 8207 7250 to confirm if collection material you would like to request will be impacted. Beyond this timeline, the following material will remain unavailable:

  • Australian Patents
  • Sea Pilot Volumes
  • Sailing Directions
  • Parliamentary Papers NSW
  • Letters of inventions
  • Patents VIC
  • Patents and Pateneers VIC
  • Patents QLD
  • Index Patents NSW
  • Letter Patents NSW
  • Public Service Regulations NSW
  • Regulations bylaws NSW
  • Parliamentary acts NSW
  • Statues of indexes NSW

Change to the State Library Retrieval Service

Date: 1 July 2016

We have made some changes to our retrieval service.

George Pitt the first professional archivist appointed in 1948

International Archives Day 9 June 2016

Date: 3 June 2016

International Archives Day is celebrated on 9 June to mark the day in 1948 when the International Council on Archives was created as a Non-Governmental Organisation at UNESCO in Paris.

Website user survey

Date: 29 April 2016


New WW1 images

Date: 19 August 2013

With the approach of the Centenary of WW1, the State Library is digitising precious original pictures, letters and records to help South Australians trace their ANZAC history.

Missing South Australian newspaper at the British Library

Date: 4 January 2011

There has recently been a special connection between the British Library and the State Library of South Australia, resulting in the British Library providing a digitised copy of an interesting early South Australian publication which we had previously not held in our collection.

Car show rooms of HC Richards in 1928

Date: 16 December 2015

The latest film from the archival collection on our YouTube channel featuring a visit to the car showrooms of HC Richards in 1928.

Your Hub is now open

Your Hub : Your Space

Your place to relax, enjoy, discover, or grab a magazine from the shelf to idle away the time.

Short term restrictions in the forecourt

Date: 14 September 2015

We are commencing a new exciting project that in the short term will require some restrictions to the forecourt.

All business as usual. Access available via main glass foyer doors, however a cyclone barrier will be installed in the forecourt on Wednesday 16 September.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Intercontinental accommodation package

Special accommodation offer for the Beethoven weekend

Date: 24 July 2015

A sleek combination of modern luxury and authentic Adelaide style.

Experience superior Adelaide accommodation at InterContinental hotel and wake up to serene river views during the Beethoven Piano Trios program.

Temporary closure of our Family History services

Date: 22 July 2015

Our Family History service is moving to a more prominent and easily accessible position in the South-Eastern corner of Level 1 over Tuesday and Wednesday 18 to 19 August. During this time the service will be closed and will resume from Thursday 20 August.

Register with the State Library to access collection materials in storage

Date: 12 June 2015

A large proportion of the collections in the State Library is held in storage areas.

Poppies artwork to honour the fallen

Poppies artwork honouring the fallen

Date: 29 April 2015

With the 100th anniversary of WW1 in 2014, and the Gallipoli campaign being commemorated in 2015, members of the ACH Group arts community created poppies as a meaningful way to remember the people who lost their lives in war and those who serves all around the world.

A World Away: South Australia’s War

To explore the events of WWI from a local and social perspective, History SA and the State Library of South Australia have created a new blog - A World Away: South Australia's War to help people understand the complexity of these events. It represents the war through the words of those who were there, month by month, as events unfolded.

We've been nominated for Australia's favourite library

If you agree vote for us online now!

Voting closes 22 April 2014.

The Australian Library & Information Association will announce Australia's Favourite Library during Library & information Week on Monday 19 May.

Book your own computer at the Library!

Date: 4 February 2014

From Tuesday 11 February, the State Library of South Australia will be moving to an automated computer booking system, allowing you to use a computer for up to two hours.

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