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Toy rocking horse
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Cherished toys from the past

Christmas display

On now until mid-January 2023

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Free, no bookings required

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Decorate a Christmas Ornament

On now until early January 2023

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Free, no bookings required

Christmas at the Mortlock, come and see our giant tree
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Come and see our Giant Tree

Christmas at the Mortlock

On now until early January 2023

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Free, no bookings required

AGSA Start Art Book Club
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Start Art Book club

An art and literature adventure

Sunday 4 December 2022
Sunday 5 February 2023

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Booking required

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Buy a book, gift a book

Presented by Raising Literacy Australia

Monday 5 to Friday 9 December 2022
Sunday 11 December 2022
Monday 19 to Friday 23 December 2022

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Free, no bookings required

A children's choir in a procession in Adelaide. SLSA: PRG 280/1/22/189
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School Choirs

Singing in the Mortlock

Monday 5 December to Friday 9 December 2022

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Free, no bookings required

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A Ceremony of Carols

Featuring beautiful seasonal music with upper voices and harp

Sunday 11 December 2022

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Free, bookings essential

Christmas at the Mortlock - Storytelling
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Christmas Storytelling at the Mortlock

Monday 19 to Friday 23 December 2022

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Free, bookings essential

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Write Now Festival

A brand new event for young aspiring writers

Monday 15 May 2023

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Booking required

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.

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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.

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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.