Isabel Story, Engagement and Marketing Librarian
Learn what a recent unusual discovery, by one of our long-term volunteers, tells us about twentieth-century LGBTIQA+ writers in our collections.
It was revealed that the old Adelaide Circulating Library shelves contained a selection of LGBTIQA+ literature from the 1950s. Unusual for the era, it indicates a determined refusal to censor on the part of Adelaide’s post-war librarians.
Hear about an Adelaide court case involving charges of gross indecency making headlines in 1931. The result was a sentence of five years with hard labour for politician, café owner and hotelier Bert Edwards.
Meanwhile LGBTIQA+ writers continued to explore connection, relationships, and a sense of place. Regardless of how readers identify, these mid-twentieth century writers are well worth revisiting.
Image: Bert Edwards Tea Rooms, Compton Street, Adelaide 1912. SLSA: B 1831
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.
Discover our collections through monthly themed presentations that include stories, slides, and access to special items from the collections of the State Library.