Our research centre will be closed from Monday 13 September to Friday 1 October while staff work to prepare records for digitisation.
This includes many historically significant fragile documents, which will be preserved and made available online.
While the research centre is closed, you can still access online records via our collection database, RecordSearch.
Due to physical distancing requirements, the number of people allowed in the Research Centre is capped. The State Library of South Australia has more information on what to expect when visiting the building.
You will need to book a time to visit the research centre. Please call us on 08 8204 8787 to make a booking and find out more about the COVID-19 health and safety measures we have put in place.
You will need to pre-order your records for viewing. Records will be retrieved once a week on Mondays. You can submit an advance request to view records.
If you are feeling unwell, please postpone your visit. We would love to see you when you are feeling better.
We appreciate your patience and support as we work through this together.
About the Somerville Reading Room
The Somerville Reading Room in the State Library of South Australia is shared between the library and the National Archives.
Researchers can access both Commonwealth and state records from the one location.
For more information about the records collection of State Records of South Australia visit their website at archives.sa.gov.au
The National Archives' collection in Adelaide
The National Archives' South Australia office holds a small but diverse collection ranging from nineteenth century colonial records to substantial holdings on immigration and defence in the twentieth century.
Of particular interest are the Defence Science and Technology Organisation records and material relating to railways and internment in South Australia.
The Defence Science and Technology Organisation records include files, slides and plans of the Woomera testing site. It shows the human side of the missile testing in South Australia through:
- the Gibber Gabber newsletter
- the Bulldust news sheet produced by staff involved in atomic bomb testing
The railway collection contains files, plans, and photographs which capture the broad history of mainland rail and reflect South Australia’s central role in the rail industry, including records about:
- Australian National Railway
- Central Australian Railways
- Northern Australian Railway
- the Trans Australian Railway
The records of the Loveday internment camp document security service aspects of individual people’s internment. They include:
- personal particulars
- arrangements for appeal and release
- security service
- tribunal notes
- mail censorship material
National Archives of Australia
Somerville Reading Room, State Library of South Australia
Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue
Adelaide SA 5000
Visiting the research centre
The research centre is closed on public holidays.
Please note: You must pre-order records for viewing in our research centre in the Somerville Reading Room. Records will be retrieved once a week on Mondays. You can submit an advance request to view records.
The PCs in the research centre are provided by the State Library of South Australia. You can use them to search our website and records, but won't be able to access other websites, send email or use desktop applications.
The State Library provides free wi-fi for visitors.
Entry to the State Library of South Australia is free.
The closest parking station is Wilson's Car Park at 251 North Terrace, next to David Jones.
The State Library is serviced by bus stop G1 on North Terrace. The Library is 300m from the Rundle Mall tram stop and 500m from the Adelaide Railway Station. Maps and timetables are available from adelaidemetro.com.au.
Taxis can drop off in front of the State Library on North Terrace. The nearest taxi rank is in Gawler Place.
All public areas of the State Library are wheelchair accessible.
Public toilets with disabled facilities are available on Level 1 of the Spence Wing.
Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.
PO Box 3563