If books reflect your mind and thoughts then my mind shows no single path of development and is more chaotic than ordered. I have loved and been fascinated by both the sciences and the arts and neither path of human endeavour or creativity has taken precedence. In later years I have found great joy in the study of philosophy and learned much from the Ancient Greek philosophers. And so, from Anne of Green Gables to Aristotle, from William Shakespeare to Charles Darwin, from Dorothy Hewett to Stephen Jay Gould, my mind has wandered and been nourished.
I began my working life working in laboratories and studying science at university, I then turned my working life to theatre and small publications, then on to arts administration and a dash of journalism and finally settled on family and studying, culminating in an intensive study in the field of philosophy of science. Whilst working on my Master’s thesis I read a work by Hilary Kornblith and he succinctly asks two questions that describes my search for knowledge.
What is the world that we may know it? What are we that we may know the world? (Kornblith,H. (1993) Inductive Inference and its Natural Grounds, Cambridge: MIT Press. I will expand more on my disordered reading in October.
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How do I get to the State Library by public transport?
The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.
You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.
Is there car parking near the State Library?
The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.
There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.
Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?
Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.
There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.
How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?
You can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays. The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.
Is there a cafe at the State Library?
Yes, the State Library Cafe by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.