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State Library of South Australia
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29 Reviews
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Mon - Wed 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Thu - Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia
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Phone: +61-8-82077250

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The State Library of South Australia is the information collection center of South Australia. It is located in the North Terrace Cultural District and is open seven days a week (except public holidays). There are 3 buildings in the library: the award-winning contemporary Catherine Helen Spence Wing with an iconic glass foyer, the 19th-century Victorian magnificent Mortlock Wing, and the listed Mortlock Wing. Entered the Institute Building of 1861 Cultural Heritage. Huge stone pillars, golden walls, wrought iron retro railings, and glass transparent domes, all of which seem to have come out of the Harry Potter School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, made the South Australia State Library selected as one of the "World's 20 Most Beautiful Libraries". The predecessor of the State Library of South Australia was the South Australian Literacy Association founded in 1834. After several changes of name, it was changed to the current name of the State Library of South Australia in 1967. The current museum also houses the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia and the National Archives of Australia. Picture 1-2: The Society Building built in 1861; Picture 3: The Mortlock Wing, built in 1884, called Jervois Wing in 1967, and named Mortlock Wing after 2003; Picture 4-7: Motlock The interior view of the Ke Wing Library. The electric lights in the library were installed in 1914. The Dent and Sons wall clock at the end of Figure 7 was installed in 1887. It was 50 pounds at that time, which is equivalent to today’s 3,000 US dollars. Now it needs to be wound once a week. Accurate travel time; Picture 8-9: Interior view of Katherine Helen Spencer Wing; Picture 10: Observe the Mortlock Wing next to Mortlock Wing through the glass windows of Katherine Helen Spencer Wing.

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  • artroomali
    Adelaide, Australia

    Reading Study and Exhibition space

    Quiet spot in the city. The Mortlock wing is a photo opportunity. I believe people get married there. Exhibitions on immigration and football and human rights. Hush though as people are studying.

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  • turdy45
    Sydney, New South Wales


    I have nothing to say about the library but I do about the cafe. Seems it has changed hands and not particularly for the better. Sandwich ok, good price but the coffee was milky slops and that was w...

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  • Bohdan-Barb
    Adelaide, Greater Adelaide, South Australia

    Visit with friends

    We hadn't been to the Library before and found it to be a lovely intriguing building - very interesting.

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  • 619jeffry

    Stately library is a repository of culture

    South Austrlia is unique because it never had convicts. The State Library of South Austrlalia (SLSA) is a repository of the State's history, which began with the Wakefieild scheme to colonise South ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1595004815000+0800)/
  • geographyguy_11
    Brisbane, Queensland

    Heroes of the Skies exhibition is amazing!

    One of the main reasons I visited Adelaide was to see the exhibition on the Smith Brothers and the 1919 Great Air Race flight from England to Australia. My journey from Brisbane was well worth it as t...

    Reviewed on /Date(1594422015000+0800)/

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