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Coloured drawing of a child holding a worm.
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Gardening Tools and Toys

Scavenger hunt

Now on until Sunday 30 June 2024

Free, no booking required

Youth adding their fantastic foliage to the wall.
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Fantastic Foliage and books

Free family activity

Now on until Sunday 30 June 2024

Free, no booking required

NTSA
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Garden Open Days

Presented by the National Trust

October 2023 to March 2024

Teacher board games
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Teacher and School Resources

Available now

Free, no booking required

Digital visits
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SACE Research Skills Online

Digital visit

Negotiable during school term

Free, booking required

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Easter Hunt

Let's hop to it

Saturday 24 February to Sunday 7 April 2024

Free, no booking required

Choir gathered happily together outside.
  • Event series
  • Adelaide Fringe 2024

Allegria - Come 'n' Flash Your Acapella!

Have you always wanted to be part of a FLASH-SING?

Sunday 25 February 2024

$30.00 per person
Bookings required

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  • Event series
  • National Archives of Australia - SA Selections

Two truths and a lie

Presented by National Archives of Australia

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Free, booking required

Drawing of a stack of books
  • Event series
  • Writers Studio - Writers Week Master Classes

Writing Place in Poetry with Sara M Saleh

Presented by Writers SA

Saturday 2 March 2024

$140.00 per person
Bookings required

Drawing of a stack of books
  • Event series
  • Writers Studio - Writers Week Master Classes

Portrait of Myself: Memoir Writing with Susan Johnson

Presented by Writers SA

Sunday 3 March 2024

$140.00 per person
Bookings required

Performer Emma Knights playing keyboard in bookshop
  • Event series
  • Adelaide Fringe 2024

Turning The Page

Music show inspired by reading, in the Mortlock

Tuesday 5 March 2024

$28.00 per person
Bookings required

Jazz Masters poster.
  • Event series
  • Adelaide Fringe 2024

Jazz Masters

Sit back and enjoy a jazz trio perform in the Mortlock

Saturday 9 March 2024

$25.00 per person
Bookings required

Tours hosted by our Ambassadors 

Immerse yourself in South Australia's heritage with a tour through our buildings and exhibitions.

Learn about our services and hear stories of people and events that helped shape life in South Australia.

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.

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Visit our online 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 on 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.

Find out more about the cafe and resident organisations at the State Library.