South Australia

South Australia

Our South Australia Office is located on the land of the Kaurna people.

We are open to the public. Bookings are required to visit.

Address

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

Get directions

Hours

  • Wed–Fri 10 am–5 pm
  • Sat–Tues Closed

Phone

08 9470 7580
Braille typewriter NAA: A1200, L49025

Event

Descriptive discovery

22 Feb 2023

Online

Join National Archives team members online and be part of an accessible community conversation of discovery.

Coloured building plans of Isolation hospital Quarantine Station at Torrens Island South Australia.

Event

History and heritage

28 Feb 2023

Adelaide

Learn how to access newly digitised architectural drawings of South Australian buildings and hear about the work to make them accessible.

Passport photo of Florence Winter-Irving

Members

The socialite and the Turkish diplomat

07 Mar 2023

Online

To celebrate Women's History Month, join us online to learn about this thrilling tale from the archives.

Bring Out a Briton Promotion illustration of a woman, baby and belongings on a rowboat.

Event

Migrant Selection Documents

28 Mar 2023

Adelaide

Learn about one of the many assisted passage to Australia schemes that came into place after World War II. And, the rich history that emerges from the documents completed by or for migrants applying to migrate to Australia.

Blind high school boy, Ken Todd of Brisbane with braille typewriter

Event

Descriptive discovery

29 Mar 2023 - 19 Apr 2023

Online

A webinar designed for blind and vision impaired audiences. Presenting stories and descriptions of the materials in the National Archives collection.

Soldiers getting ready at dawn in the Western Desert, January 1941.

Event

The Rats of Tobruk

24 Apr 2023

Adelaide

Explore the history of the battle of Tobruk and the South Australian soldiers who took part in the conflict.

A model stands next to a sheep showcasing her wool fashion dress.

Members

Colonial to couture

10 May 2023

Online

In celebration of Australian Fashion Week, join us online to explore Australia's fashionable past through records kept at National Archives of Australia.

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.

For more information about the records collection of State Records of South Australia visit their website at archives.sa.gov.au

Records about South Australia

The National Archives' diverse collection of records relating to South Australia ranges from 19th-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

Visiting the Research Centre

The Research Centre is closed on public holidays.

You will need to book a time to visit the Research Centre. Please call us on 08 8204 8787 to make a booking.

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

Entry to the State Library of South Australia is free.

Getting here

Car parking

The closest parking station is Wilson Parking 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 300 metres from the Rundle Mall tram stop and 500 metres from the Adelaide Railway Station. Maps and timetables are available from adelaidemetro.com.au.

Taxis

Taxis can drop off in front of the State Library on Kintore Avenue. The nearest taxi rank is on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue.

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 about disability access

Postal address

PO Box 3563
Rundle Mall
SA 5000