State Library of South Australia

State Library of South Australia, Adelaide: Hours, Address, State Library of South Australia Reviews: 4.5/5

State Library of South Australia

State Library of South Australia
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Sadie T
Unley, Australia14 contributions
May 2022
Next door to the Magnificent Art Gallery lies the marvel that is the State Library of South Australia. So much to see here however the atmosphere wins the day here. Thankyou for a wonderful morning.
Written 13 May 2022
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Nikki H
Brisbane Region, Australia9 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples


Well worth a visit, it's free and just really makes you appreciate the effort of books and people trying to preserve our past. Areas are still used by students
Written 1 April 2022
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Ann T
Pascoe Vale, Australia1,181 contributions
Feb. 2022
I haven't seen all of the library nor have I studied there so I can only comment on what I have seen - a fascinating exhibition of domestic architecture from the 1950s. Lots and lots of information and some great plans and images.
Written 1 April 2022
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia954 contributions
Mar. 2022
The State Library of SA was built between 1879- 1883 and before that The SA Institute Building the Mechanics Institute was used as a library. This is National Trust classified and the State Library is a State Heritage Place. There is a Robert Burns (1759-1786) and a Lord Florey Statue outside the library. The only complaint I would have that their is no Melbourne newspapers-only the Australian-no Herald Sun or Age. Melbourne State library has interstate newspapers!
Written 28 March 2022
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Karen2930
Newcastle14 contributions
May 2021
Amazing place to visit. So much history. Such a beautiful place to visit. So many old books to look at.
Written 16 February 2022
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CJ
Australia14 contributions
Jan. 2022
The library is a must see - it doesn't take much time, just a quick walkthrough to appreciate the old architecture and feel like you're in a bygone era!
Written 12 January 2022
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Sue A
Sydney, Australia138 contributions
Dec. 2021
Went into the library to check out the very large Christmas tree, but the highlight of my entire trip to Adelaide was being able to pick up old books in this library, open them, and take in the smell of old books. Triggered great childhood memories!
Written 16 December 2021
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PaulaM
Sydney, Australia482 contributions
Jun. 2021
If you love the smell of old books and escaping to quiet historic spaces, this is the perfect place for you!
Written 10 July 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,482 contributions
Jun. 2021
The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) is a repository of the state's history. South Australia was developed under the Wakefield Scheme, which was a form of free enterprise colonisation. South Australia has a very interesting history which is well worth researching. The SLSA is located in a heritage building; if you want help finding something, ask the reference desk.
Written 5 July 2021
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SavvyTraveller
4 contributions
Jun. 2021
It looks like and feels like Australia's version of visiting the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin. It is a beautiful place to see.
Written 24 June 2021
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State Library of South Australia is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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