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

Our Changing Environment

Years 3 to 5

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:

Years 5 to 6

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

Colonial SA

Years 5 to 6

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

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Around the Commonwealth by aeroplane
  • Education program
  • Primary

SA and Federation

Years 5 to 6

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

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Free, no bookings required

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

The Opposite of Bored

Years 3 to 6

Researching SA History through board games. Collaborate in teams to discover moments in South Australia's history. 

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Students studying in the Mortlock Wing, photo taken by Peter Fisher
  • Education program
  • Primary

Time, Continuity, and Change

Years 7 to 9

Learners will build skills in analysis, interpretation and evaluation, with a focus on State Library historic maps and images.

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

Pop-Ups and Moveable Books

Years 3 to 4

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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Find out the latest from the State Library's education programs

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.
  • Early years and primary programs will also receive an email invitation for 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 in or near the main entrance (refer to your program booking).

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.