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Register of prisoners - Yatala Labour Prison, 1883, SRSA GRG54/41
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Professor Henderson's Department of Historical Records

Treasures and stories from the nation’s oldest government archive

15 July 2019 to 5 July 2020

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A crèche in a large metropolitan hospital, 1953. NAA: A1200, L15676.
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Without consent

Australia’s past adoption practices

7 February to 26 April 2020

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Federic Mouchet talking with a group of people at one of his exhibition tours.
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Community group bookings

Tours of the State Library and Live and Learn events

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Coutanche children circa 1951 [BRG 347/3730]
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Falling from the tree

Genealogical resources at the State Library

Third Thursday of the month:
19 March, 16 April, 21 May, 18 June, 16 July

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Free, no bookings required

Mary Schippan at her trial for the murder of her sister Bertha in 1902 [B 75311/7]
  • Event series
  • Live and Learn in 2020

For Love or Money

Dark tales from South Australia's past

Friday 24 July 2020

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Mrs Alexandrine Seager, founder of the Cheer-Up Society, circa 1919 [SRG 6/34/1]
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Noble and Notorious

Forgotten women from the nineteenth century to WW1

Friday 26 June 2020

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Women staging a protest at Melrose in South Australia, 1916 [B 57605]
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  • Live and Learn in 2020

Strenuous Work

The Campaign for Women's Suffrage in South Australia

Saturday 30 May 2020

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Women attending a Mayoral garden party circa 1910 [PRG 280/1/3/112]
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The Gentry

South Australia's colonial and Edwardian families and their lifestyles

Friday 15 May 2020

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Members of the University of Adelaide women’s cricket team in 1949 [B 7798/156]
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  • Live and Learn in 2020

Anyone for (Women's) Cricket?

Friday 24 April 2020

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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?

Yes, the State Library Cafe by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.

Open hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm.