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15 July 2019 to 5 July 2020
10am to 5pm daily (except public holidays)
Institute Building
Free entry
About the presenter

State Records of South Australia, the official custodian for archival records created by State and Local Government agencies within South Australia.

Discover the treasures and stories at the heart of the nation’s oldest government archive. Exhibition from the State Records of South Australia.

The South Australian Archives Department was made possible by the efforts of Professor George C. Henderson who worked tirelessly to establish a Department of Historical Records. On 1 February 1919 George Henry Pitt and Mabel Hardy were appointed as the first Government Archivists in Australia. Together they were tasked with identifying, preserving and making accessible official records for the use of students, historians and future South Australians in the newly established South Australian Archives Department. 

Beginning with a few documents and photographs in 1919, State Records of South Australia now holds over 13 million official records. There have been many changes to this work in the last 100 years and the next 100 years will include many new challenges as we enter the digital age.

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?

Yes, the State Library Cafe by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.

Open hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm.