We exist to ensure that current and future generations enjoy, experience and learn from our South Australiana collections and world knowledge collected and preserved for their use; we provide research and information services, events and programs to enrich access to the collections.
For thousands of years, the Kaurna people of the Adelaide plains have told their stories and kept their memories of this place alive in their oral tradition. Today, a greeting stone by Uncle Lewis O’Brien of the Kaurna people at the entrance to the State Library welcomes visitors to a place that also keeps the memories of the state alive.
The State Library spans across three buildings. Starting on the corner of Kintore Ave and North Terrace is the Institute Building, next is the Spence Wing - our main service point, then the Mortlock Chamber.
South Australia differed from other Australian colonies by planning a library for public use even before settlement. Find out more about our history.
We have several permanent exhibitions, artworks and memorial inside and out of our buildings and spaces.
We encourage members of the community, organisations, and businesses to consider donating material for appraisal, especially South Australiana, to increase the depth and range of the library's collections.
Learn how we are preserving and conserving the State Library's collection for future generations to explore and research.
For all your research or reference queries our librarians are here to help you!