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On now until Sunday 9 January 2022
Monday to Tuesday: 8am to 7pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5pm
Mortlock Chamber
Free, no bookings required

Our Christmas display takes you back to how South Australians celebrated Christmas through the generations. See photographs from decades of South Australia’s much-loved Christmas Pageant, menus from Christmas dinners aboard ships, postcards sent home to family and friends by WWI soldiers, and more.

One of our latest donations is on display in all its pop-up glory, a Father Christmas moveable book (1961) by Czechoslovakian paper artist Vojtěch Kubašta (b.1914 Vienna, d.1992 Prague). Kubašta was one of the most prolific and inventive paper engineers in the history of children’s pop-up books. Read more about the book in the story A visit from Father Christmas.

Discover what toys children like Susan and Grantley Murray of Lower Mitcham received  for Christmas in the 1950s.  Through a kind donation by Susan Coin (nee Murray), the toys and games from her 1950s childhood, and that of her brother, provide a glimpse of what play was like in that time. She recalls that toys were mainly given to them at Christmas time.

To keep our staff and customers safe we continue to follow the physical distancing, building capacity limits and increased hygiene practises outlined by the State Government.
When entering the State Library check-in either by:
* scanning the QR code using the COVID-Safe Check-in app or 
* completing the contract tracing form and placing it in the box provided.
Please sanitise your hands at the sanitiser stations provided.

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.

Christmas at the Mortlock

Christmas at the Mortlock

Come along and celebrate Christmas at the State Library by visiting our Mortlock Chamber.

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