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Friday 19 April to Sunday 11 August 2024
Open during State Library opening hours:
Monday: 9am to 5pm
Tuesday: 9am to 7pm
Wednesday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5pm

Please note we are closed on public holidays.
State Library Gallery, Spence Wing, (Ground floor)
Free, no booking required
About the presenter

National Archives of Australia 

For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the State Library of South Australia:
State Library Supports

This learning resource helps teachers facilitate a self-guided visit with their class to the National Archives of Australia's touring exhibition Disrupt, persist, invent: Australians in an ever-changing world.

The learning resource is aligned to the Australian Curriculum for HASS, History, and Civics and Citizenship and suitable for students from year 6 to year 12.

Download the Resource

For more information, please visit the National Archives of Australia website.

The program provides the opportunity to engage meaningfully with archival records, and to question and consider a broad range of social issues. It is designed so teachers can independently facilitate the program and modify it to suit the needs of the students in their class.

The resource is supported by Visions of Australia and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.

Let us know you are visiting

Although this is self-guided, please email with the following information:

  • date and approximate time of arrival
  • name of school and teacher
  • year level
  • number of participants (students and adults).

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.

Disrupt Persist Invent
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Disrupt, persist, invent

Australians in an ever-changing world

Friday 19 April to Sunday 11 August 2024

Free entry