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On now until early January 2023
Monday to Tuesday: 8am to 7pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5pm

Please note that we are closed on public holidays.
Mortlock Chamber
Free, no bookings required
For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the State Library of South Australia:

Visit the Mortlock Chamber and see our giant Christmas tree. We have lots of fun activities for you to do including:

  • Christmas reading nook – visitors can take time out to read a book in a festive-themed reading nook.
  • Christmas story telling – join local authors from Raising Literacy Australia and storytellers to share their favourite Christmas stories under the giant Christmas tree at 11am daily from Monday 19 December until Thursday 22 December.
  • Christmas craft - help decorate a Christmas tree by colouring and hanging a Christmas ornament inspired by the images from the Kubašta pop-up book.
  • School choir performances – School choirs will fill the Mortlock with Christmas joy with a series of performances from Monday 5 December until Friday 9 December at 12 noon and 1.30pm.
  • Christmas display - themed to reflect past Christmas traditions in different countries features traditional Christmas games, toys and books, including a moveable pop-up book Father Christmas (1961) by famed Czechoslovakian paper artist Vojtěch Kubašta (b. 1914 Vienna, d. 1992 Prague) from our rich Children's Literature Research Collection.

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.

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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