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Danny Allen, Illustration courtesy of David Cox and Pan Macmillan Australia
  • exhibition

Phil Cummings

Stories behind the books

18 April to 29 September 2019

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Free entry

Register of prisoners - Yatala Labour Prison, 1883, SRSA GRG54/41
  • exhibition

Professor Henderson's Department of Historical Records

Treasures and stories from the nation’s oldest government archive

15 July to 31 December 2019

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Free entry

Vic Grimmett, Unkin - Stawowyj wedding, 20 August 1955 [PRG 1662/1/39/5]
  • exhibition

Photography of an Adelaide flasher

Through the lens of Vic Grimmett

9 August to 27 October 2019

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Free entry

Heather Anderson, Skin Names – Voices of Warumungu, 2019, courtesy the artist and Barkly Arts
  • exhibition

Ankkinyi Apparr, Ankkinyi Mangurr – Our language, our designs

Tarnanthi Festival 2019

18 October 2019 to 25 January 2020

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Free entry

Image: Portrait of Ross Smith, circa 1920 (PRG 18/53/2) and Keith Smith, 1917 (PRG 18/5/11)
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Heroes of the skies

The Smith Brothers and the great air race of 1919

1 November 2019 to 5 April 2020

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Free entry

Keep up to date with What's On at the state library

What's on nearby

Events by the Friends of the State Library of South Australia

Friends of the State Library

The Friends of the State Library of South Australia offer a variety of interesting events throughout the year, including their regular event Wednesdays @ One.

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.

Online gift store, State Library of South Australia, Unique gifts featuring our collection

Online gift store

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 Wing is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

Access to the Institute Building is via the external ramp on the Kintore Ave entrance or via the internal ramp between the Institute Building and the Spence Wing (opposite the Treasures Wall).

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 Wing and Treasures Wall are venues for hire and subject to occasional closures due to functions and special events, please check our Open Hours for any venue closures on the day of your tour to avoid disappointment.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

Our café is temporarily closed...But something exciting is on its way!! Please excuse our mess and noise while we refurbish the café to make your experience better. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Follow our socials for updates: