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Saturday 1 October to Sunday 16 October 2022
Monday to Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
Wednesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5pm

Please note that we are closed on public holidays.
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State Library of South Australia 

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 It’s all about bugs this school holidays as part of the Nature Festival!

Be inspired to build your own bug from watercolour paintings of insects found in George French Angas’ South Australia Illustrated, a snapshot of some of the earliest views of South Australia in 1844.

Join us for this free family program in the October school holidays. Can’t make it to the library, don’t worry print the activity sheets to build your bug at home.


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?

The Mortlock Chamber may close for private events, check our opening hours for any closure times.

When it is open 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 is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturdays from 12 to 4pm.

Garden setting

Nature Festival

10 days of events, encounters, and experiences to celebrate our love of nature in South Australia.

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  • Event series
  • Nature Festival

Herding Caterpillars

The VR Experience

Friday 14 October to Sunday 16 October 2022

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$5.00 per person

  • Event series
  • Nature Festival


Live storytelling about the ants who herd the caterpillars

Saturday 15 October 2022

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$5.00 per person

  • Event series
  • Nature Festival

Sharing in making Art

inspired by the Chequered Copper butterfly

Thursday 13 October to Saturday 15 October 2022

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$5.00 per person