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State Library of South Australia

Discover the eclectic mix of architecture, delve into South Australian history or just enjoy a good book in this fascinating 19th-century library.

The State Library of South Australia has graced this location since 1860, when it was already housed in the Institute Building that is now part of the library. As the official library of South Australia, it gives a fascinating insight into the history and modern times of this state.

As you approach the library, take a moment to appreciate the three different styles of architecture that have now been blended into one to create the present-day library. From the original Institute Building through to the modern Spence Wing and finally to the grand old Mortlock Wing, all add to the library’s grandeur.

Make your way across the pretty courtyard to find the main entry to the Spence Wing. A statue of the Scottish poet Robert Burns stands in front of the glass façade. Redeveloped in 2003, this bright and spacious building houses the modern library collection, complete with a digital age section. The Treasures Wall and the Ernabella Rugs exhibitions are the highlights here.

Take in the ornate beauty of the French Renaissance-style Mortlock Wing from 1884, complete with mansard roof. It is the Victorian-style interior of the Mortlock Chamber, however, that has made this library awe-inspiring. The two upper galleries, with their intricate wrought-iron balustrades, copious amounts of dark wood and shelves packed with ancient books, look like the setting of a Harry Potter movie. The glass-domed lantern roof enhances the scene with natural light.

Also don’t miss the Institute Building, which originally housed the library with a museum, art gallery, meeting rooms and more. This has long been the city’s cultural heart, standing at the core of Adelaide’s “Cultural Boulevard” even today. Its Circulating Library is a stunning function room and the Institute Building has rotating exhibits with interesting themes.

Stay until dark for one last surprise: an outdoor projection show that uses a wall of the Institute Building as a giant screen. Stand in the courtyard to watch interesting short stories play out.

The State Library of South Australia is open daily and is free to enter. Free tours are available if you book in advance. Toilet and cloak room facilities are available.

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InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$157 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
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Oval Hotel
Oval Hotel
5 out of 5
King William Road, North Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$219 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
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Eos by SkyCity
5 out of 5
Festival Dr, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$348 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Located in Adelaide Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adelaide Casino, Adelaide Convention Centre and Rundle Mall. Adelaide ...
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Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2021

Eos by SkyCity
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Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
3.5 out of 5
125 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$99 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
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InterContinental Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$157 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
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Oval Hotel
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5 out of 5
King William Road, North Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$219 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
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Eos by SkyCity
5 out of 5
Festival Dr, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$348 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
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Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites
4.5 out of 5
104 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$134 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
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Crowne Plaza Adelaide, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
27 FROME STREET, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$170 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
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Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
4.5 out of 5
55 Frome Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$140 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
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Mayfair Hotel
5 out of 5
45 King William Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$226 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
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iStay Precinct Adelaide
4.5 out of 5
185 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA
The price is AU$129 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
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