Skip to main content
Russell Ebert kicking a football
  • exhibition

Our footy, our people, our stories

145 years of the SANFL

Until Sunday 27 November 2022

Find out more

Free entry

SANFL design your own footy team uniform
  • Event

Design your own Footy team uniform

Family fun

Until 27 November 2022

Find out more

Free, no bookings required

Private Tours - Ambassadors
  • tour

Private Tours - Make Yourself at Home

Ambassador Tour

Monday to Friday

Find out more

Free, bookings essential

Mortlock Chamber, photo taken by Toby Woolley
  • tour

Make yourself at home

Ambassador Tour

Monday, Thursday and Friday

Find out more

Free, bookings essential

Hans Heysen, circa 1930.
  • exhibition

Hans Heysen Unpacked

An exhibition documenting the history of Sir Hans Heysen

Tuesday 6 September to Sunday 9 October 2022

Find out more

Free entry

Australian inder attack - Sandy Mcorist
  • exhibition

If walls could talk

A photographic exhibition by Alexandra McOrist

9 September 2022 to 29 January 2023

Find out more

Free entry

Kookaburra_sits_on_the_telegraph_wire
  • exhibition

‘Kookaburra sits on the telegraph wire…’

How Australian children connected with the Overland Telegraph

Until Sunday 6 November 2022

Find out more

Free entry

Build_A_Bug
  • Event series
  • Nature Festival

Build a Bug Family program

Saturday 1 October to Sunday 16 October 2022

Find out more

Free, no bookings required

SANFL_North_Adelaide_Football_Club
  • Event

Why Football?

Presented by SANFL History Committee

Wednesday 5 October 2022

Find out more

Free, bookings essential

Wellfest_PLS
  • Event series
  • WellFest

Wellfest Collection

Books to borrow from your public library

Friday 7 October to Sunday 30 October 2022

Find out more

Free, no bookings required

SLSA_BRG_347_5639
  • Event series
  • WellFest

Health and wellness eResources

Wellfest Adelaide

Friday 7 October to Sunday 30 October 2022

Find out more

Free, no bookings required

Tangent_Talks_Singel_Asian_Female
  • Event series
  • Tangent Talks

Tangent Talks

Presented by State Theatre Company South Australia

Tuesday 11 October 2022

Find out more

$10.00 per person

Tours hosted by our Ambassadors 

Our friendly volunteer Ambassadors are back and you will find them at the Welcome Desk in the glass foyer. If you are planning to visit us, and would like a guided tour for a group less than five people pop by the Welcome Desk to see if an Ambassador is free to host the tour.

Please note: These tours are dependent on volunteer availability. We thank you for your understanding.

Starting August 2022 Ambassadors will provide a tour on Monday, Thursday & Friday at 11am or 2pm. Book your tour today.

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 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.