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Term 1 - Tuesdays
Term 2 - Tuesday and Thursday by negotiation
[the tour is included in most of our Education Programs]
10.30 to 11.30am
Up to 30 learners
Meeting point

Ground floor glass foyer

Free, bookings essential
Supervision ratios
1:6 Years 3 to 7

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About the presenter

Designed and facilitated by experienced Community Learning librarians for school groups.

For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: (08) 8207 7239

Learners will see the modern Spence Wing with its family history area and newspapers on microfilm. They will also explore the spectacular Mortlock Chamber and its South Australiana displays, including children’s games and sporting memorabilia. Another highlight is a special behind-the-scenes visit to the basement storage area, where learners will view historic items such as 19th century handwritten letters and maps.

Links to the curriculum

Teaching for Effective Learning principles strongly underpin this learning experience, which is aligned with the early years framework and the Australian Curriculum, with a particular emphasis on the learning area of:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences: History. Discovery of and engagement with State Library collections are key principles underpinning the programs.

This program requires the class to be divided into two groups, each with an adult supervisor.

NB.  This program no longer visits the Basement.

Have you considered free metro travel for primary school groups?

Adelaide Metro provides FREE travel for primary school groups.

What do the programs cost?

  • All State Library education programs are provided free of charge.
  • All equipment and materials costs are covered by the State Library.

What pre-visit information will we receive?

  • An email will be sent to the booking contact person to be distributed to all the attending teachers and adults. This will include all pre-visit information relevant to the booked program.
  • Early years and primary programs will also receive an email invitation for the children.

What happens on arrival?

  • Arrive prior to the start of the program, so that students can eat and access toilet facilities located on the ground floor behind the lift.
  • If the weather is inclement a shelter area is located on the eastern side of the building between the State Library and the Museum’s armoury building.
  • A staff member will meet your group in or near the main entrance (refer to your program booking).

What should we bring to an education program?

  • Medication may be carried by the adult supervisor in a backpack.
  • Please arrange name tags for early years and primary students.
  • Devices are provided by the State Library, but we encourage senior secondary students to BYO devices.
  • Students who wish to join the State Library and receive a library card need to do so before visiting the library and request the card to be mailed to them.
  • Students wishing to access photocopying services will need to bring money.
  • Storage is available to accommodate school bags or food/drink crates.

Do you have teacher tips for visiting the State Library for research?

  • Discuss research topics with your students and the types of resources that might be useful.
  • Students may wish to access a Library Guide relevant to research topics.
  • Involve the school librarian in your students' research projects.
  • Allocate sufficient time at the State Library for your research.
  • Some collection items are in storage but you can request an item to be retrieved from storage via the catalogue before your visit. Find out more about the retrieval service.
  • If you are intending to stay to use the resources after your program, you will need to book electronic database computers for your students to use.


Term 1: 27 January to 9 April 2020