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South Australia

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State Library of South Australia
Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue
Adelaide SA 5000

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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

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

Visitor information

National Archives of Australia
Somerville Reading Room, State Library of South Australia
Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue
Adelaide SA 5000

Research centre opening hours

10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday, closed 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.

Computer facilities

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.

Getting here

Car parking

The closest parking station is Wilson's Car Park at 251 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

Public Transport

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


Taxis can drop off in front of the State Library on North Terrace. The nearest taxi rank is in Gawler Place.

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

All public areas of the State Library are wheelchair accessible.

Toilet facilities

Public toilets with disabled facilities are available on Level 1 of the Spence Wing.

Assistance animals

Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.

Further details regarding Disability Access

Postal address

PO Box 3563
Rundle Mall
SA 5000