State Library of South Australia, Adelaide

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Visit the largest public reference library in South Australia at State Library of South Australia. If you are looking for information on South Australia or research materials, this is the place to go. Read about the region’s development in glass-domed chambers lit with natural light. Dive into a sea of information in print, digital, and video format. The library also serves an interactive center for children, offering board games and toys. The building is impressive from the outside too: French Renaissance in style, it shows off elaborate Sydney masonry. Before you head to Adelaide, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Adelaide trip planning app , to make sure you see all that Adelaide has to offer, including State Library of South Australia.
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  • We were suggested by friends to pop in and have a look and so pleased we did. The old library is just beautiful, almost a scene out of Harry Potter. The ground floor has some amazing objects from the ...  more »
  • I had visited this place with free walking tour which is available in 2 different time in day. this is not that big building . you can explore it alone and take cool photos and selfies. you can also s...  more »
  • The size of the lot is small, but by the State Library and the atmosphere pleasant quietly studying or reading. Harry Potter having a decent library also called dark atmosphere.
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  • The state library provides a lot of quiet space for study and work, and there are several exhibition area for historical items about the South Australia. The architecture of the building in its interior is quite simple as not much classical decorations can be found in the interior. It is a good place to have a look.
  • The State Library also has an art gallery. A competitive exhibition was ongoing, with jury judgments already indicated. We did not fully agree with the jury's decisions. In fact, one landscape painting so caught our art-collector's fancy that we acquired it. Staff are lovely, dedicated ladies, who were so very helpful. Be therefore aware of smaller art exhibitions: sometimes you can find true jewels there, both in art and attending staff.
  • Great modern and historic library. Amazing staff and librarians with great facilities. You do need a dedicated State Library card to borrow anything!! (OneCard Network doesn't work). MUST visit the Mortlock Wing of the library (go up the stairs when you enter the Wing to get to the next level!
  • Good place to visit and take photos or access good quality free internet.
  • To many, it’s really a strange thing to hear I spend a lot of time at various libraries while I was here. There’s a reason for that. The libraries have access to “the internet”. Not the notion of the World Wide Web as it stands today. Netscape, probably the first web browser ever was only launched close to the end of the year and Yahoo! have yet to be launched. It was an interesting time for me, at the precipice of a global Internet boom. But I was here at the library for more primitive method of information acquisition: bulletin boards, research journals, information databases. It was the ancient Wikipedia, searching for stuff and then finding the actual book that contains those information I seen. I also spent a lot of time writing. Not emails, but actual letters you write with a pen and posted via the postal service which takes a week or two before it reaches friends and family. It’s hard to imagine how distant you can feel to everyone else back home. No mobile phone. No email. No Facebook nor FaceTime. No Messenger nor Google Chat nor Skype. It’s hard not to feel alone.
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