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Mortlock Chamber, photo taken by Toby Woolley
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Make yourself at home @ 2pm

Daily tour

Monday to Friday

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Free, bookings essential

Mortlock Chamber, photo taken by Toby Woolley
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Make yourself at home @ 11am

Daily tour

Monday to Friday

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Free, bookings essential

Damaged manuscript being prepared for preservation at the State Library of SA
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Behind the scenes: care and repair

Monthly tour

First Monday and Wednesday of each month

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Free, bookings essential

City of Adelaide clipper [B 1778]
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Salt in your eyes

Monthly tour

First Thursday of each month

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Free, bookings essential

Heartlands tour [BRG 347/2008]
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Your history heartlands

First Tuesday of each month

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Free, bookings essential

Coutanche children taken in 1951, part of the Arthur Collection [BRG 347/3730]
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Falling from the tree

Genealogical resources at the State Library

On Thursdays, once a month, various dates

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Free, bookings essential

Danny Allen, Illustration courtesy of David Cox and Pan Macmillan Australia
  • exhibition

Phil Cummings

Stories behind the books

18 April to 21 July 2019

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Free entry

Handwritten [PRG 481/1/1/1]
  • exhibition

Handwritten

Leaving a mark on the world

3 May to 28 July 2019

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Free entry

Danny Allen, Illustration courtesy of David Cox and Pan Macmillan Australia
  • Event series
  • Phil Cummings: Stories behind the books event series

From ideas to print

Tuesday 2 July 2019

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Free, bookings essential

PC Viking
  • Event series
  • Phil Cummings: Stories behind the books event series

Phil's story time

Tuesday 9 July 2019
Tuesday 16 July 2019

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Free, bookings essential

Building barges at Arnold Reserve, Mannum [PRG 1258/2/901]
  • Event series
  • Live and Learn in 2019

Ship Ahoy!

Tales of shore and riverbank in State Library collections

Friday 12 July

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Free, bookings essential

Genealogy Gems
  • Event series
  • Genealogy Gems 2019

Lost and found

How to locate records of children's homes

Thursday 18 July

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Free, bookings essential

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

What's on nearby

Events by the Friends of the State Library of South Australia

Friends of the State Library

The Friends of the State Library of South Australia offer a variety of interesting events throughout the year, including their regular event Wednesdays @ One.

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.

Online gift store, State Library of South Australia, Unique gifts featuring our collection

Online gift store

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 Wing is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

Access to the Institute Building is via the external ramp on the Kintore Ave entrance or via the internal ramp between the Institute Building and the Spence Wing (opposite the Treasures Wall).

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 Wing and Treasures Wall are venues for hire and subject to occasional closures due to functions and special events, please check our Open Hours for any venue closures on the day of your tour to avoid disappointment.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

There is a cafe located in the back of the glass foyer at the State Library. View more information about the cafe and tenants.