Isabel Story, Community Engagement Librarian
Life in a new country was no easy ride but over time the majority of older and newer South Australians adapted to one another. Exchange of ideas between different groups brought social and economic benefits and changed the cultural landscape.
Using photographs, diaries, ephemera and oral history excerpts, this program looks at 1930s and post-World War Two refugees and migrants who settled here.
Image: Migrants at a house building working bee, 1953. SLSA B 70351
To keep our staff and customers safe we will continue to follow the physical distancing and recommended hygiene guidelines outlined by the State Government COVID-19 regulations.When entering the library, please sanitise your hands at the sanitiser stations provided.
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 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.