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Saturday 20 April to Sunday 11 August 2024
Monday: 9am to 5pm
Tuesday: 9am to 7pm
Wednesday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5pm
Closed public holidays
State Library Gallery, Spence Wing, (Ground floor)
Free entry
About the presenter

National Archives of Australia

Our partners

Disrupt, persist, invent is an exhibition that explores the question ‘how do you change the world?’ through records held by National Archives of Australia.

It is about more than activism and activists. The world is changed in so many ways –through protests and demonstrations, but also through invention and innovation, elections, creating and promoting arts and culture, and making space for the marginalised in our community.

Using archival records, objects, audio-visual material and video portraits, the exhibition highlights 28 inspiring ways that Australians have changed the world and how the Commonwealth has responded to these social, political, and technological changes.

Australians in an ever-changing world. What does that mean? Come with us as we find out. Delving into National Archives’ collection, we discover stories not just of noisy protest, but also of innovation, creativity and quiet persistence.

A Commonwealth Serum Laboratory technician testing a new snakebite antivenom, 1968 NAA: A1200, L78947 4

A Commonwealth Serum Laboratory technician testing a new snakebite antivenom, 1968
NAA: A1200, L78947 4

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 on 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.

Find out more about the cafe and resident organisations at the State Library.

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Disrupt, persist, invent learning resource

Saturday 20 April to Sunday 11 August 2024

Free, no booking required