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. Plan to visit State Library of South Australia and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Adelaide attractions using our Adelaide itinerary planner.
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  • I wandered in to see the art exhibition upstairs but also browsed around the lower floor. Love the grand staircases of these beautiful, old buildings, I have made a vow to myself to return and spend m...  more »
  • We only had an hour to spare so popped in to the Library. The Mortlock Wing is breathtaking, with the most beautiful architecture. The current exhibition is definitely worth a visit, covering many and...  more »
  • I love visiting big libraries, and this was a wonderful one. Mainly due to one of the volunteer guides who offered to show us around and basically spent the next hour or so with us, talking us through...  more »
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  • Who are the people often come and ask you for money in this library? Are they beggars? drug addicts?. They only ask for little money like $2 and $4. Some say they lost their wallet, others say they are short of $2 for bus ticket to home... etc.... I lived in many poorer countries, but never encountered such "professional" beggars or drug addicts. Also not in any other state libraries across Australia. This happened to me most of the days I went to the state library in South Australia.
  • Why leave bags at the front security desk? Meaning/Purpose? This is 21st century. Install a scanning system if you doubt people might steal books out. Imagine how many times a person who stays the whole day in the library will have to go to the security room to collect and return the bag. I have never come across such meaningless restrictions anywhere... at least in US. Come South Australia. Adopt !!!!!
  • Had our wedding reception in the Mortlock chambers. Food exceptional, setting perfect, staff amazing. Absolutely zero complaints and still ended up cheaper than a golf course.
  • Fix the wifi issues in country library's,it's a complete joke,wifi turns on and off all day some times for around an hour.you're meant to be supplying internet via wifi to the public,one very simple thing to do and you get that wrong...please explain and fix it,and I feel for the people who have lost unsaved work due to this,I know I have Thanks for making something very easy to do,a complete pain in tha rear
  • The State Library is a great asset to the city and the Mortlock wing is a wonderful place to explore. The library puts on some wonderful showcases and children's performances. There is also free WiFi (which is why the hallways are packed full of people).