State Library of South Australia
See four rarely shown original medieval manuscript fragments from the State Library’s collection. As the fragments are sensitive to light, they can be displayed but for a short time.
The ‘fragments’ are single manuscript leaves (pages), that were removed from the original whole works during a monumental change in the evolution of the book. Digital copies of the fragments now feature in the international, online research laboratory Fragmentarium.
The Fragmentarium project collates digital copies of fragments from hand-written medieval books, known as manuscripts. In contributing to this project the State Library joins institutions such as the Vatican Library, British Library, Harvard University, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and Biblioteca Nacional.
This landmark project started at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, with the intention of providing a digital space for fragments of these precious books, for international study and research.
To learn more about the project and our contribution read The ruined medieval manuscript and its digital rebirth.
Image: Italian Book of hours
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.