The State Library will be closed on Tuesday 26 January for the Australia Day public holiday
Carolyn Spooner is a Community Engagement Librarian at the State Library of South Australia.
Every place in South Australia has a story to tell, you just need to know where to look. Community Engagement Librarian Carolyn Spooner will take you through the range of resources in the State Library of South Australia, many online, that can assist you in researching the locality you are interested in.
In the Family History Collection, the Sands and MacDougall postal directories from the late 1800s up to 1973 give the name and sometimes the occupation of householders street-by-street and house-by-house in suburban Adelaide. A picture tells the best story and you will discover a quick way to view images of your locality among more than 250,000 photographs of South Australia in our Pictorial Collection.
In the Map Collection are early town plans and Hundreds maps in country areas. In the Archival Collection are a series of property valuations and house plans submitted by Bullock & Wilkinson to the State Bank for insurance purposes from 1888 to 1912. There are also some 2,000 maps prepared by real estate agents and auctioneers Shuttleworth & Letchford showing places for auction from 1850 to 1920.
Other resources such as local histories, building magazines, newspapers, oral histories, government gazettes and ephemera, can all build up a picture of your locality for your family history or a new project.
Carolyn Spooner has worked at the State Library in a variety of roles for over 40 years. She enjoys assisting researchers in their quests, as well as the thrill of discovery in her own research. Carolyn’s talks and tours promote the State Library’s mix of wonderful heritage and online collections.
Image: George and Mary Smith with Ella Pwinell at a house on View Street in Unley Park circa 1920. SLSA: PRG 1642/25/316
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.
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.
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.
Discover our collections through monthly themed presentations that include stories, slides, and access to special items from the collections of the State Library.