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Lower falls of Glen Stuart [B 15276/23]
  • exhibition

South Australia illustrated

The art of George French Angas

On now

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Free entry

A pop-up in Father Christmas, a book by Vojtěch Kubašta. SLSA: clrc i22817190
  • Event series
  • Christmas at the Mortlock

Christmas Display

Christmas at the Mortlock

On now until Sunday 9 January 2022

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Free, no bookings required

Discover the 12 Mortlock Treasures
  • Event series
  • Christmas at the Mortlock

Discover the 12 Mortlock Treasures

DIY exploration

On now until Sunday 9 January 2022

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Free, no bookings required

Christmas at the Mortlock, come and see our giant tree
  • Event series
  • Christmas at the Mortlock

Come see our Giant Tree

Christmas at the Mortlock

On now until Sunday 9 January 2022

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Free, no bookings required

Christmas Tree in the Mortlock
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  • Christmas at the Mortlock

Take a selfie with the giant tree

Christmas competition

On now until Sunday 9 January 2022

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Free, no bookings required

Lust for Lifestyle: Modern Adelaide Homes 1950 -1965
  • exhibition

Lust for Lifestyle: Modern Adelaide Homes 1950 -1965

Open 3 December, 2021

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Free entry

Christmas at the Mortlock book nook
  • Event series
  • Christmas at the Mortlock

Books in the book nook

Borrow a book from your local library

On now until Sunday 9 January 2022

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Free, no bookings required

A children's choir in a procession in Adelaide. SLSA: PRG 280/1/22/189
  • Event series
  • Christmas at the Mortlock

School Choirs

Singing in the Mortlock

Tuesday 30 November to Friday 3 December 2021

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Free, no bookings required

Anlaby
  • Event series
  • A Tuesday Talk

Books in my life, the Campbells

Janet and Sue Scarfe

Tuesday 7 December 2021

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Free, bookings essential

Christmas at the Mortlock - Storytelling
  • Event series
  • Christmas at the Mortlock

Christmas Storytelling

Christmas at the Mortlock

Monday 13 to Friday 17 December 2021

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Free, bookings essential

Tours hosted by our Ambassadors are back

With Covid-19 restrictions easing in South Australia, our excellent volunteer Ambassadors are back in the State Library and offering interested visitors, of groups up to 5 people, hosted tours of the Library.

So, if you are planning to visit us, make sure to pop by the Welcome Desk in the glass foyer and ask an Ambassador volunteer guide if they are available for a hosted tour.

Our Ambassadors are on site most weekdays between 10am to 4pm.

Please note that at this stage we are unable to offer booked tours.

Group tours of 5 or more people

At present, we are unable to offer larger groups hosted tours of the State Library; however, we will soon be offering self-guided tour options, so keep an eye on the website and our socials for further details.

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

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'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 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?

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 by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.