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AGSA Start Art Book Club
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Start Art Book club

An art and literature adventure

Sunday 5 February 2023

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Booking required

Press Union Dinner, 1955
  • exhibition

Sweet and savoury

menus from the collections of the State Library

On now until June 2023

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Free entry

Party menu
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Design your ultimate party menu!

On now until the end of June 2023

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Free, no bookings required

State Library ambassadors giving a tour.
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Private Tours - Make Yourself at Home

Ambassador Tour

Monday to Friday

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Free, no bookings required

Mortlock Chamber, photo taken by Toby Woolley
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Make yourself at home

Ambassador Tour

Monday to Friday

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Free, bookings essential

Alexander Tolmer Commissioner for Police
  • Event series
  • Live and Learn

Murder and Mayhem in the Antipodes

Early writers who made crime pay

Tuesday 21 February 2023

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Free, bookings essential

2016 St Peters Girls School SLSA_1879.jpg
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Discover Your State Library

Self-guided school tour

During school term

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Free, no bookings required

Floating yellow astronaut
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Behind the Lines

The year in political cartoons 2022: Off the Planet

Saturday 4 February to Sunday 2 April 2023

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Free entry

Original books that commenced the State Library's collection
  • Event series
  • A Tuesday Talk

A Tuesday Talk - Books in My Life by Gill Hicks, AM MBE

Presented by the Friends of the State Library

Tuesday 7 February 2023

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Free, bookings essential

Bushfire
  • Event series
  • Royal Geographical Society of SA Lecture Program

Societal responses to natural hazard risk

Planning for Wildfire

Thursday 16 February 2023

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Booking required

NAA Series February 2023
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  • National Archives of Australia - SA Selections

History and Heritage: Drawings, plans and prints

Presented by National Archives of Australia

Tuesday 28 February 2023

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Free, bookings essential

National Archives talk March
  • Event series
  • National Archives of Australia - SA Selections

A ticket to paradise: Migrant selection documents

Presented by National Archives of Australia

Tuesday 28 March 2023

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Free, bookings essential

Tours hosted by our Ambassadors 

Our friendly volunteer Ambassadors are back and you will find them at the Welcome Desk in the glass foyer. If you are planning to visit us, and would like a guided tour for a group less than five people pop by the Welcome Desk to see if an Ambassador is free to host the tour.

Please note: These tours are dependent on volunteer availability. We thank you for your understanding.

Starting in February 2023 Ambassadors will provide tours Monday to Friday at 11am or 2pm. Book your tour today.

Find out more about our private group tours for more than ten people.

Keep up to date with What's On at the state library

What's on nearby

'Place of creation' by Elisabeth Butterworth

Friends of the State Library

From all walks of life, the Friends have supported the State Library of South Australia (SLSA) with a tradition of cultural philanthropy over eight decades, to enrich and promote its collections and treasures for scholarly and public interest.

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.

Floor cushion showing the Morialta Tourism Poster on a floor cushion

Visit our online Gift Shop

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.

Plan your visit

How do I get to the State Library by public transport?

The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.

You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.

Is there car parking near the State Library?

The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.

Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?

Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.

How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?

The Mortlock Chamber may close for private events, check our opening hours for any closure times.

When it is open you can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays.  The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

Yes, the State Library Cafe is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturdays from 12 to 4pm.