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Discover the 12 Mortlock Treasures
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Discover the 12 Mortlock Treasures

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On now until Sunday 9 January 2022

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Free, no bookings required

Tours hosted by our Ambassadors are back

With Covid-19 restrictions easing in South Australia, our excellent volunteer Ambassadors are back in the State Library and offering interested visitors, of groups up to 5 people, hosted tours of the Library.

So, if you are planning to visit us, make sure to pop by the Welcome Desk in the glass foyer and ask an Ambassador volunteer guide if they are available for a hosted tour.

Our Ambassadors are on site most weekdays between 10am to 4pm.

Please note that at this stage we are unable to offer booked tours.

Group tours of 5 or more people

At present, we are unable to offer larger groups hosted tours of the State Library; however, we will soon be offering self-guided tour options, so keep an eye on the website and our socials for further details.

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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?

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 by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.