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  • Event series
  • History Festival

Departed spirits: lost pubs of Adelaide

Stories from the stacks talks

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Free, booking required

Illustration of a blue bowerbird.
  • Event

National Simultaneous Storytime

The Australian Library and Information Association

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Free, booking required

Writers SA
  • Event

Finding Your Voice

Writers SA Autumn Program

Saturday 25 May 2024

$140.00 per person
Bookings required

Bob Hawke
  • Event series
  • National Archives of Australia - SA Selections

power to the people

Explore citizen activism through petitions held in the national archival collection

Tuesday 28 May 2024

Free, booking required

AGSA Start Art Book Club
  • Event

Start Art Book Club

An art and literature adventure

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

Free, booking required

Photo of a laptop on a desk and a man writing in a notebook.
  • Event

Playwriting: Scene by Scene with Verity Laughton

Saturday 8 June 2024

$140.00 per person
Bookings required

Amy Duncan, tattoo design
  • Event series
  • Stories from the Stacks

inking up: the art of tattooing

Tuesday 18 June 2024

Free, booking required

SLSA B 23201
  • Event

Curator Talk: Cornucopia exhibition

Thursday 20 June 2024

Free, booking required

A poster advertising a tractor
  • Event series
  • National Archives of Australia - SA Selections

Posters Through Time

Presented by National Archives of Australia

Tuesday 25 June 2025

Free, booking required

  • Event series
  • Illuminate Adelaide - City Lights

Illuminate Adelaide - City Lights

Friday 5 July to Sunday 21 July 2024

Free, no booking required

  • Event series
  • Tangent Talks

Tangent Talks 2024

Monday 15 July 2024

$10.00 per person
Bookings required

Myriad 2024
  • exhibition


An exhibition for SALA 2024

Thursday 15 to Thursday 29 August 2024

Free entry

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.

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.