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What's on at the State Library

Heroes of the skies, Ross and Keith Smith exhibition
  • exhibition

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

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 2019 to 5 July 2020

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Free entry

A crèche in a large metropolitan hospital, 1953. NAA: A1200, L15676.
  • exhibition

Without consent

Australia’s past adoption practices

7 February to 26 April 2020

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Free entry

What's inside

Explore the collections

Many items from the State Library's collection are available to explore online.

Barrio Adelaide Festival Poster

Digital Collections

A digital showcase of selected items from the State Library's collections with a particular focus on South Australiana.

Explore the collections [B 1831873]

The Collection

The State Library collects and maintains materials relating to South Australia and its people. We have extensive South Australiana and family history resources.

Story Wall at the State Library

Story Wall

Every night of the year, from sunset to midnight in the State Library Forecourt, fascinating stories, characters, history and hidden gems from the State Library's collections are waiting for you.

Trove, National Library of Australia


Trove helps you find Australia's cultural collections by bringing together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations big and small. 

Library Guides of the State Library of SA

Library Guides

Research assistance, subject guides and useful resources compiled by the State Library of South Australia.

Access free eResources at the State Library


We subscribe and provide free access to wide-variety of eResources that include both full-text articles and abstracts, magazines, scholarly journals, eBooks, databases, indexes, newspapers, encyclopedias and lots more.

Visit the cultural precinct

What's on nearby

There are many things to see and do in and around the State Library.

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.