The State Library of South Australia reopened on Tuesday 9 June 2020.
For now, the library is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday and public holidays.
From Monday 29 June, there are no mandated restrictions on the maximum number of people in our buildings. However, we are required to observe the 1 person per 2 square metre ruling and so some limits will remain in place:
Mortlock Mezzanine - maximum of 28 people.
Whilst time limits have been placed on some services to ensure equitable access, at this stage, there is no limit to the length of time you can stay in the library each day. We ask all customers to be mindful of services with reduced capacity at this time and to manage their visit accordingly.
Entry to the State Library will be through the glass foyer only. On arrival you will be:
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As the cloaking room is closed, a set of lockers will be located outside of the Somerville Reading Room (Spence Wing, level 1) for customers using this room to store personal bags. All other bags will be allowed into the study and computer space with security monitoring the area.
To keep our staff and customers safe we will continue to follow the physical distancing, building capacity limits and increased hygiene practises outlined by the State Government in their roadmap to recovery.
We will continue to:
Please note protective screens have been installed at the Information Desk, level 1.
We ask you and our staff:
Everyone needs to maintain at least 1.5 metres physical distance between one another at all times.
You will see an increase in the number of Security staff within the building. This is to help with monitoring the number of people in the building and to make sure the conditions of entry are being followed. Security is there to help you if needed.
Some of our regular services are unavailable, some available but limited, and others may require booking in advance. We strongly recommend that you phone the library on (08) 8207 7250 before your visit.
You are able to:
browse collections (with some exceptions)
get reference help
request access to State Library collections
view heritage items in the Somerville Reading Room
obtain a library card
lodge research requests
order copies of collection material
access group study rooms (limitations in place)
access quiet study areas
use a computer
print and photocopy.
You are not able to:
Yes, a reduced number of computers are available for customers with a State Library card, at first for 1 hour per day.
Computers have been spread out to maintain safe distancing and are being cleaned regularly.
Yes, you can print or photocopy documents in the Spence Wing, level 1, but it is self-service. Library cards can be topped up at the Kiosk.
No, the English Language Improvement Service remains suspended.
While the family history desk is not staffed, you can still ask for basic help at the Information Desk.
To get you on your way to discovering your family history, we also encourage you to look at our family history starter guide.
Yes, but to comply with physical distancing requirements our rooms have reduced capacity (2 people in the smaller rooms, 7 in the large room). Please contact the library to make a booking. We will maintain one room for use by our more vulnerable customers (i.e. older people, people with chronic health conditions etc.) who require an isolated space in which to study. Speak to staff if you wish to access this.
Yes quiet study areas on the Mezzanine Level of the Mortlock Wing are now available for up to a maximum of 28 people.
You can also visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays with a limit of 75 people.
All our hire venue spaces remain closed and will reopen when it is safe to do so.
The NAA reference desk in the Somerville Reading Room is open to the public. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Friday. Visit the National Archives South Australia website for more information.
For now, the cafe remains closed but keep an eye on our website and social media channels for the latest updates.
Yes, the majority of open access collections can be browsed and accessed by our customers, with the exception of daily newspapers and some high demand Family History resources.
Once you have finished with an item you must return it to one of our reshelving trolleys, after which it will be quarantined for three days before it is returned to the shelves for reuse.
Retrievals will occur as usual, but the material will be quarantined for three days after use. We recommend you place retrieval requests before your visit.
No, daily newspapers in the Newspaper's area are not available. As these items cannot be cleaned and are frequently handled, we are unsure how access could be offered in a safe and equitable manner.
Microfilm newspapers and basement storage newspapers are available.
Many South Australian newspapers are available to access via the State Library’s subscription databases. We encourage customers to use these and continue to work towards a procedure for making the hard copy versions accessible as soon as we are able.
Yes, the State Library Gallery and Treasures Wall exhibitions are open. Visitor numbers in these area have been capped at 25 to ensure that social distancing and the 1 person per 2 square metre rule can be observed.
Visitors are also welcome to view the exhibition bays in the Mortlock Chamber. The maximum number in the Chamber is capped at 75.
Security will be monitoring these areas to support these restrictions.
Please do not touch surfaces in the exhibition displays.
Without Consent: Australia's Past Adoption Practices (National Archives of Australia touring exhibition) on display until 1 November 2020 in the State Library Gallery, ground floor. Please note some video content on the touchscreens is not available but can be viewed via the companion website Forced Adoptions History Project, created by the National Archives of Australia.
Heroes of the Skies: The Smith Brothers and the Great Air Race of 1919 on display until 2 August 2020 in the Treasures Wall, level 1.
For now, our events and library tours are still on hold.
To keep up to date with the latest news about the library, sign up to our enews.
Our education programs are on hold until further notice. Our Education Team has been busy developing exciting new learning opportunities for students and educators while the library has been closed.
To keep up to date with our programs, sign up to our Education News.
As always we are here to help and encourage you to continue to use our online resources where possible, including:
Questions can still be asked through one of the following channels:
Use our live chat service, available between 10am and 4pm weekdays, to receive real-time help from a librarian. Head to our Ask Us page, or look for the chatbox on our website.
Complete our online form for in-depth research and assistance.
Our phone service is staffed from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. We strongly encourage you to call the library before your visit.
Phone: (08) 8207 7250
Toll-free for regional SA: 1800 182 013
This information, and our social media channels, will be updated as changes to services take place.