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Student engaging in the My History program at the State Library of SA
  • Education program
  • Early learning

My History

The My History program has been developed to engage children in examining their own personal stories and histories.

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Free, bookings essential

School kids looking in through a Mortlock basement window
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  • Early learning

Explore-a-story

Put on your explorer vest and discover the treasures, stories and spaces of your State Library.

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  • Education program
  • Early learning

Stories Behind the Books

With author Phil Cummings

The State Library holds many of the secrets and stories of award-winning South Australian author, Phil Cummings.

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  • Education program
  • Early learning

Phil Cummings: Stories behind the books

Self managed experience for schools

Your State Library holds in its collection many of the secrets and stories of award-winning South Australian author, Phil Cummings which will be revealed in an interactive exhibition featuring his award-winning books through to copies of his original manuscripts. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do the programs cost?
  • All State Library education programs are provided free of charge.
  • All equipment and materials costs are covered by the State Library.
What pre-visit information will we receive?
  • An email will be sent to the booking contact person to be distributed to all the attending teachers and adults. This will include all pre-visit information relevant to the booked program.
  • Some early years or primary programs will also receive a posted invitation addressed to the children.
What happens on arrival?
  • Arrive prior to the start of the program, so that students can eat and access toilet facilities located on the ground floor behind the lift.
  • If the weather is inclement a shelter area is located on the eastern side of the building between the State Library and the Museum’s armoury building.
  • A staff member will meet your group near the main entrance.
What should we bring to an education program?
  • Medication may be carried by the adult supervisor in a backpack.
  • Please arrange name tags for early years and primary students.
  • Devices are provided by the State Library, but we encourage senior secondary students to BYO devices.
  • Students who wish to join the State Library and receive a library card need to do so before visiting the library and request the card to be mailed to them.
  • Students wishing to access photocopying services will need to bring money.
  • Storage is available to accommodate school bags or food/drink crates.
Do you have teacher tips for visiting the State Library for research?
  • Discuss research topics with your students and the types of resources that might be useful.
  • Students may wish to access a Library Guide relevant to research topics.
  • Involve the school librarian in your students' research projects.
  • Allocate sufficient time at the State Library for your research.
  • Some collection items are in storage but you can request an item to be retrieved from storage via the catalogue before your visit. Find out more about the retrieval service.
  • If you are intending to stay to use the resources after your program, you will need to book electronic database computers for your students to use.