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Published September 16th 2019
Free tours and history
The State Library South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide is not only a place of magnificent beauty, but it is also a place of fascinating events, tours and exhibitions. The following tours run year-round and provide a fascinating history into the State Library and South Australia.

11 am Monday to Thursday
2 pm Monday to Friday


Make Yourself at Home during a one hour tour through the State Library buildings and exhibitions. During this tour you will learn about State Library services and hear stories of people and events that help shape life in South Australia. Meet Registrations are essential 11 am tour or 2 pm tour.

Photo: State LIbrary South Australia


11 am and 2 pm Last Monday and Wednesday Each Month

Visit the conservation and restoration studies to meet specialist staff and see them in action with Behind the Scenes: Care and Repair. Registrations are essential.

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Photo: State Library South Australia


11 am First Thursday Each Month

Listen to stories of colonial families and their experiences and feel the danger and excitement of early sea voyages to South Australia in Salt in Your Eyes. Meet those who set sail for a home on the other side of the world including the adventurous and quirky. Registrations are essential.

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Photo: City of Adelaide Clipper. State Library South Australia


11 am First Tuesday Each Month

Stroll around the magnificent buildings that border the State Library in Your History Heartlands. Learn how the cluster of colonial institutions has grown to become the cultural heart of South Australia. Registrations are essential.

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Photo: State Library South Australia


All tours meet at the Security Cloaking Desk, Spence Wing (Level 1).

You can reach the State Library by bus or train with bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace and the Adelaide Train Station just a short stroll away. Free trams run regularly between the train station and the Art Gallery right next to the Library.

Parking is available at Wilson's Adelaide Central Car Park, 225 North Terrace and there is paid metered street parking along Kintore Avenue and Victoria Drive.

Wheelchair and stroller access to the Library is available.

The State Library South Australia is open Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. The Library is not open on public holidays.
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Why? Fascinating Historic Buildings of South Australia
When: Various, Year Round
Phone: 8207 7250
Where: North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: FREE
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