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State Library of South Australia

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Address: North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia
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+61 8 8207 7250
10:00 - 20:00
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Fantastic place for a wedding reception.

What a wonderful venue, we attended a wedding reception in the Mortlock Library room, very atmospheric and special.

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a wonderful venue, we attended a wedding reception in the Mortlock Library room, very atmospheric and special.

Thank AdelaideRookie
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I took the free guided hour-long tour (you can book via the website) and was pleasantly surprised at the many things I learnt about this library. The highlights were the Mortlock Room (voted one of the most beautiful in the world) and the exhibition spaces, which I didn't previously know of. Highly recommended.

Thank mmmaricel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Built before 1890, the Mortlock Library is a beautiful room worthy a visit. Be sure to walk up to the first balcony for the best view of the room.

Thank mittyc2016
Wolfville, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The library is housed in an architecturally beautiful building on museum row. The highlight is the Mortlock wing, which could have been used for Harry Potter movies :-); rows and rows of books on two levels. It was voted one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, and no wonder, it is breathtaking.

Thank ToTravelIsBrilliant
Tanunda, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wandered in to see the art exhibition upstairs but also browsed around the lower floor. Love the grand staircases of these beautiful, old buildings, I have made a vow to myself to return and spend more time investigating all the beautiful, old buildings of Adelaide :)

Thank andiec704
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only had an hour to spare so popped in to the Library. The Mortlock Wing is breathtaking, with the most beautiful architecture. The current exhibition is definitely worth a visit, covering many and diverse aspects of Australian culture and history. We also took in the 'Play' exhibition, which was a bit of a trip down Memory Lane!

Thank Diane B
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love visiting big libraries, and this was a wonderful one. Mainly due to one of the volunteer guides who offered to show us around and basically spent the next hour or so with us, talking us through some of the features of the new library (from the very entrance onwards), including things like carpets which I would never have... More 

Thank Lissel A
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to the opening of a fabulous new exhibition at the State Library: Unsettled, which contains the most wonderful historic and recent photos of the Aboriginal community and the environment of the Flinders Ranges. The exhibition is included in a series of exhibits that is illuminated on the outside of the State Library during the night. It was wonderful... More 

Thank saldec11
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

The SA State Library is a Reference library. No book lending, The books have to be used on-site. It has an excellent collection of reference non-fiction, and a good historical collection. Collections include images, photo and film. Check the online catalogue for availability. Not all items are on the shelves, Some items are 'request', either stored on-site or off-site, and... More 

Thank Ian B
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

So pleased we went here. Had a fabulous time with such energetic and extremely helpful volunteers. Truly wonderful books with a great hands on experience with such gems.. Definatley a must visit.

Thank jenbo60

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