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North Terrace, Adelaide c1930
  • Event series
  • Live and Learn

An endurance of trees

Nature Festival event

Tuesday 11 October 2022

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Free, bookings essential

RGSSA_stone_cairn
  • Event series
  • Royal Geographical Society of SA Lecture Program

Reconstruction of the stone cairn

Presented by the Royal Geographical Society SA

Wednesday 12 October 2022

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$10.00 per person

Herding_Caterpillars_butterfly
  • Event series
  • Nature Festival

Sharing in making Art

inspired by the Chequered Copper butterfly

Thursday 13 October to Saturday 15 October 2022

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$5.00 per person

Passengers disembarking at Port Misery, South Australia
  • Event

Disaster Preparedness and our Cultural Heritage and Collections

A workshop program presented by Blue Shield Australia

Thursday 13 October 2022

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$10.00 per person

Herding_caterpillars
  • Event series
  • Nature Festival

Herding Caterpillars

The VR Experience

Friday 14 October to Sunday 16 October 2022

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$5.00 per person

CCB_inspecting_an_ant_VP
  • Event series
  • Nature Festival

TEND

Live storytelling about the ants who herd the caterpillars

Saturday 15 October 2022

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$5.00 per person

Illumaphonium_by_Ann_Mary_Biju
  • exhibition

South Australia: A Liveable State

Student finalists of the South Australian Geography Photo Competition

Monday 17 October to Sunday 16 December 2022

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Free entry

Ship image
  • Event series
  • Royal Geographical Society of SA Lecture Program

The story of the clipper ship “City of Adelaide”

Presented by the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

Thursday 20 October 2022

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$10.00 per person

Brightwood School, 1924
  • Event series
  • Genealogy Gems

South Australian School Records

Presented by Genealogy SA

Thursday 20 October 2022

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Booking required

Patent image NAA
  • Event series
  • National Archives of Australia - SA Selections

Velocipedes, toilets & harvesters: 19th century SA patent applications

Presented by National Archives of Australia

Tuesday 25 October 2022

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Free, bookings essential

Opening Ball, Adelaide Town Hall. June 22, 1866. SLSA: B3749
  • Event series
  • Live and Learn

The mayor's ball of 1897

Tuesday 15 November 2022

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Free, bookings essential

Ships ahoy
  • Event series
  • National Archives of Australia - SA Selections

Ships ahoy: 20th century ship logbooks

Presented by National Archives of Australia

Tuesday 22 November 2022

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Free, bookings essential

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.

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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.