Carolyn Spooner is a Community Engagement Librarian
The State Library's map collection charts our history and tells our story.
The first official depiction of Goyder’s Line on a map in 1865 is something of a mystery, while early exploration maps can be found in unusual places. One of our historical maps even went into outer space.
Closer to home the Hundreds series of maps show locations of individual features such as wells and swamps in country areas. In the metropolitan area, the Reticulation plan series show details such as water supply and contour lines, while the Orthophoto map series are a birds-eye-view of individual houses in the suburbs.
Discover how to find a map of your locality via our catalogue, and how to access from home a range of digitised maps useful for family history and locality research via our Mapping sources for South Australian history library guide.
Image: Hand drawn map of Africa in Charles Wilson’s shipboard journal kept on the Duke of Roxburgh emigrant ship in 1838, SLSA PRG 1399/3/1
To keep our staff and customers safe we will continue to follow the physical distancing, building capacity limits and increased hygiene practises outlined by the State Government in their roadmap to recovery. When entering the library please make sure you sanitise your hands at the sanitiser stations provided. Bookings are essential.
What is Eventbrite?
At the State Library we use Eventbrite for our event and program registrations. When you register for an event or program, you will be asked to provide your name and email address. Eventbrite will then prompt you to create a password so that you can manage your bookings. For information about what happens to your contact details please view our privacy statement.
How do I book into an event, tour or program?
Find the event, tour or program you would like to book. On the page about the event, tour or program you will notice a yellow button called 'Book now' as well as registration cart on the page.
Choose the number of tickets you need then follow the prompts by filling in your details. We use Eventbrite at the State Library for our event and education programs.
I can’t attend the event, how do I cancel my registration?
You will need to cancel your registration via Eventbrite by logging in to your account.
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.
Discover our collections through monthly themed presentations that include stories, slides, and access to special items from the collections of the State Library.