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

Lust for Lifestyle

Modern Adelaide Homes 1950 -1965

Open 3 December 2021 to 24 July 2022

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Free entry

Russell Ebert kicking a football
  • exhibition

Our footy, our people, our stories

145 years of the SANFL

3 June 2022 to 16 October 2022

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Free entry

SANFL design your own footy team uniform
  • Event

Design your own Footy team uniform

3 June to 16 October 2022

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Free, no bookings required

Lust for Lifestyle Tochler House
  • Event

Lust for Lifestyle: Tolcher House Tour

Saturday 2 July 2022

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Free, bookings essential

A Tuesday Talk - Tanya Lyons
  • Event series
  • A Tuesday Talk

A Tuesday Talk - Books in my life by Dr Tanya Lyons

Presented by the Friends of the State Library

Tuesday 5 July 2022

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Free, bookings essential

RGSSA Philip Jones
  • Event series
  • Royal Geographical Society of SA Lecture Program

George French Angas as a pioneer South Australian ethnographer

Presented by the Royal Geographical Society of SA

Wednesday 6 July 2022

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Booking required

Illuminate - City Lights credit Danile Iregui
  • Event series
  • Illuminate Adelaide at the State Library

City Lights

Illuminate Adelaide

Friday 15 July to Sunday 31 July 2022

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Free, no bookings required

We Will Slam You With Our Wings
  • Event series
  • Illuminate Adelaide at the State Library

We Will Slam You With Our Wings

Illuminate Adelaide

Friday 15 July to Sunday 31 July 2022

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Free, no bookings required

Charabanc parked in front of the Intelligence and Tourist Bureau, King William St, 1926. SLSA: B 3996
  • Event series
  • Live and Learn

Heading for the hills and hitting the road

South Australian tourism in the early twentieth century

Tuesday 19 July 2022

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Free, bookings essential

Eyre's Route 1840
  • Event series
  • Royal Geographical Society of SA Lecture Program

Benjamin Herschel Babbage

South Australia's forgotten explorer

Thursday 21 July 2022

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Booking required

Genealogy SA DNA
  • Event series
  • Genealogy Gems

What to do with your DNA test results and understanding your matches

Presented by Genealogy SA

Thursday 21 July 2022

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Booking required

NAA: D1051, FOLDER 105 B DRAWING 7
  • Event series
  • National Archives of Australia - SA Selections

Beacons by the Sea: Lighthouse Logbooks

Presented by National Archives of Australia

Tuesday 26 July 2022

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Free, bookings essential

Tours hosted by our Ambassadors 

Our excellent volunteer Ambassadors are back in the State Library glass foyer, based at the Welcome Desk. If you are planning to visit us, and would like to tour the Library with a guide, make sure to pop by the Welcome Desk and enquire if a volunteer Ambassador is available to host you, and your group of up to 5 people.

Please note: There will be times when volunteer Ambassadors are not available to staff this desk or offer tours. We thank you for your understanding about this.

The State Library is no longer able to offer booked general tours.

 

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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?

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.