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Pianist Tim Barton sitting at a grand piano, holding a microphone.
  • Event series
  • Adelaide Fringe 2024

Rhapsody in Chicago Blues

Friday 15 March 2024

$25.00 per person
Bookings required

North Terrace, Adelaide c1930
  • Event series
  • Stories from the Stacks

An endurance of trees

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Free, booking required

Charles Todd
  • Event series
  • Royal Geographical Society of SA Lecture Program

Mr Todd’s Marvel

Presented by Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

Thursday 21 March 2024

$10.00 per person
Bookings required

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

A woman's world

Raising children and doing housework, oh how things have changed

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Free, no booking required

  • Event series
  • Writers SA Summer in Person

Magic Realism: It’s Not Fantasy

Presented by Writers SA

Sunday 7 April 2024

Free, booking required

AGSA Start Art Book Club
  • Event

Start Art Book Club

An art and literature adventure

Sunday 7 April 2024
Sunday 2 June 2024
Sunday 4 August 2024
Sunday 6 October 2024
Sunday 1 December 2024

Free, booking required

The News editor-in-chief Rohan Rivett in his North Terrace office, circa 1959-1960 (Courtesy Rivett family)
  • Event series
  • Stories from the Stacks

Young Rupert’s paper trail

Succession, sedition, and power in 1950s Adelaide

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Free, booking required

  • Event series
  • Writers SA Summer in Person

Work Space Autumn Edition

Presented by Writers SA

Sunday 28 April 2024

$77.00 per person
Bookings required

Five happy people in bright clothing
  • Event series
  • Tangent Talks

Tangent Talks 2024

Monday 29 April 2024

$10.00 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.

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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 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.