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State Library of South Australia

Explore the collections

Using the State Library's online resources

The State Library offers many opportunities to explore and discover areas of the State’s history, your family history, our special collections, digital collections and more. While we might not be able to speak to you face to face, we can still help you in a number of ways.

Barrio Adelaide Festival Poster

Digital Collections

Showcases selected items from the State Library’s collection with a particular focus on South Australiana. 

Explore the collections [B 1831873]

The Collection

Explore the collections including South Australiana, Family History and Special Collections.

South Australian Premier, Steele Hall, with his children [PRG1662/5/27]

Family History

Get started on researching your family history today.

Remember my story - COVID-19

Remember my story - COVID-19

Years from now we’ll look back and want to know how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted our state, our communities and our families. Make your voice part of our archive by joining the Facebook page and sharing your story.

Students engaging in the Opposite of bored program at the State Library of SA

Board games from the past

Download our printable board games and find fun ways to engage with South Australian history and our collections.

Members of S.A. Amateur Cine Society [SRG 699/6/81]

Explore our Film Collection

Explore and watch South Australian Film Corporation and GMH film productions, promotional tourism films, State Library collections and individual South Australian films showcasing local lifestyles over the last century, including such important events as the Murray River floods.

Catalogue card index Bastyan Wing, 1967 [B72589/6]

Catalogue Search

Search the catalogue for a variety of materials held by the Library including books, magazines, newspapers, sound recordings, archival records and photographs.

Ask Us, Roland Eime, librarian in charge of Youth Lending, assisting a customer [B 72589/3]

Ask Us

For all your research or reference queries our librarians are here to help you!

Youth Lending Service, circa 1970 [B 68890]

Join the State Library

Did you know that State Library membership is free? Being a State Library members provides you with greater access to the collection. Check out the benefits and sign up for a card today.

Library Guides of the State Library of SA

Library Guides

Find research assistance, subject guides and useful resources on a range of subjects.

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. 

Access free eResources at the State Library


We subscribe and provide free access and home 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.