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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

Mortlock Chamber, photo taken by Toby Woolley
  • Education program
  • Primary

What's in your State Library?

Do you know what the State Library is all about? Experience an interactive exploration of some of the stories and spaces of the State Library. your visit includes the beautiful Mortlock Wing.

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Free, bookings essential

Student from Cowandilla Primary taking part in a State Library learning program
  • Education program
  • Primary

Our changing environment

Discover how State Library sources can provide insight into the past that can inform the present and future.

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South Australians COO-EE! Fall In! We want you at the front come and help enlist at once.
  • Education program
  • Primary

Coo-ee Digger

Experiences of South Australian WW1 soldiers

Discover what it was like to be a South Australian digger during World War One.

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The first European settlement in South Australia [B 21210]
  • Education program
  • Primary

Early Settlement of South Australia

Discover a selection of historical resources which illuminate various aspects of the settlement of the colony.

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Free, bookings essential

Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane
  • Education program
  • Primary

South Australia and Federation

This program focuses on South Australians who were instrumental in advancing the Federation cause.

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StudentS engaging in the Opposite of bored program at the State Library of SA
  • Education program
  • Primary

The Opposite of Bored

Researching SA History through board games

Collaborate in teams to discover moments in South Australia's history. 

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Free, bookings essential

Mortlock Chamber, photo taken by Toby Woolley
  • Education program
  • Primary

Discover Your State Library

Do you know what the State Library is all about? Experience an exploration of some of the stories and spaces of the State Library.

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Free, bookings essential

Student engaging in the Pop ups and Moveables program at the State Library of SA
  • Education program
  • Primary

Pop-Ups and Moveable Books

For primary school students

Did you know that the State Library keeps pop-ups and moveable texts in the collections? An interactive eBook has been co-designed by learners to complement this program. 

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Free, no bookings required

The Great Air Race PRG_18-8-3
  • Education program
  • Primary

The great air race

Learners will discover the story of Great Air Race through engaging experiences including viewing the exhibition, mapping, handling collection items, playing historical board games and test flying their own paper planes.

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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.