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Port Gawler Map
  • exhibition

The Town of Port Gawler map, 1840

On display now

Free entry

colourful flowers and fruits on a black blackground
  • exhibition

Cornucopia: gardens and gardening in South Australia

Now open until Saturday 31 August 2024

Free entry

Coloured drawing of a child holding a worm.
  • Event

Gardening Tools and Toys

Scavenger hunt

Now on until Saturday 31 August 2024

Free, no booking required

Youth adding their fantastic foliage to the wall.
  • Event

Fantastic Foliage and books

Free family activity

Now on until Saturday 31 August 2024

Free, no booking required

Teacher board games
  • Event

Teacher and School Resources

Available now

Free, no booking required

Digital visits
  • Event

SACE Research Skills Online

Digital visit

Negotiable during school term

Free, booking required

2016 St Peters Girls School SLSA_1879.jpg
  • tour

Discover Your State Library

Self-guided school tour

During school term

Free

State Library ambassadors giving a tour.
  • tour

Private Tours - Make Yourself at Home

Ambassador Tour

Monday to Friday

Free

Mortlock Chamber, photo taken by Toby Woolley
  • tour

Make yourself at home

Ambassador Tour

Monday to Friday

Free

North_Terrace_c1890
  • exhibition

North Terrace: east to west

On now until Sunday 11 August 2024

Free entry

Anit-Nuclear Rally
  • Event

Disrupt, persist, invent learning resource

Friday 19 April to Sunday 11 August 2024

Free, no booking required

Disrupt Persist Invent
  • exhibition

Disrupt, persist, invent

Australians in an ever-changing world

Friday 19 April to Sunday 11 August 2024

Free entry

Tours hosted by our Ambassadors 

Immerse yourself in South Australia's heritage with a tour through our buildings and exhibitions.

Learn about our services and hear stories of people and events that helped shape life in South Australia.

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 on 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.

Find out more about the cafe and resident organisations at the State Library.