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State Library of South Australia

What's on at the State Library

Danny Allen, Illustration courtesy of David Cox and Pan Macmillan Australia
  • exhibition

Phil Cummings

Stories behind the books

18 April to 29 September 2019

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Free entry

Vic Grimmett, Unkin - Stawowyj wedding, 20 August 1955 [PRG 1662/1/39/5]
  • exhibition

Photography of an Adelaide flasher

Through the lens of Vic Grimmett

9 August to 27 October 2019

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Free entry

Phil Cummings_children on bean bag

Phil Cummings: Stories behind the books

Your State Library holds in its collection many of the secrets and stories of award-winning South Australian author, Phil Cummings which will be revealed in an interactive exhibition featuring his award-winning books through to copies of his original manuscripts. 

Show program
Genealogy Gems

Genealogy Gems 2019

Come and join us at the State Library of SA as we present a series of free family history talks on the third Thursday each month at 1pm.

What's inside

Explore the collections

Many items from the State Library's collection are available to explore online.

Barrio Adelaide Festival Poster

Digital Collections

A digital showcase of selected items from the State Library's collections with a particular focus on South Australiana.

Explore the collections [B 1831873]

The Collection

The State Library collects and maintains materials relating to South Australia and its people. We have extensive South Australiana and family history resources.

Story Wall at the State Library

Story Wall

Every night of the year, from sunset to midnight in the State Library Forecourt, fascinating stories, characters, history and hidden gems from the State Library's collections are waiting for you.

Trove, National Library of Australia


Trove helps you find Australia's cultural collections by bringing together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations big and small. 

Library Guides of the State Library of SA

Library Guides

Research assistance, subject guides and useful resources compiled by the State Library of South Australia.

Access free eResources at the State Library


We subscribe and provide free access to wide-variety of eResources that include both full-text articles and abstracts, magazines, scholarly journals, eBooks, databases, indexes, newspapers, encyclopedias and lots more.

Visit the cultural precinct

What's on nearby

There are many things to see and do in and around the State Library.

Events by the Friends of the State Library of South Australia

Friends of the State Library

The Friends of the State Library of South Australia offer a variety of interesting events throughout the year, including their regular event Wednesdays @ One.

Centre of Democracy, interior image of the exhibition space.

Centre of Democracy

Discover the people and ideas that have shaped democracy in South Australia, and the power of your voice in it. 

Open daily with free admission, the Centre of Democracy is located in the Institute Building, corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue.

Online gift store, State Library of South Australia, Unique gifts featuring our collection

Online gift store

Looking for that bespoke gift for someone special or something for your home?

Explore our online gift store featuring items from the State Library’s collections, and find a range of products, including home décor, wall art, stationery, clothing, bags, and more.