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A guide highlighting collections, resources and services available at the State Library of South Australia to assist students and teachers.

For students and teachers

The State Library is the largest public research library in South Australia. It has a focus on reference material for information and research. Formats range from digital and electronic to film, sound recordings, photographic, video, microfiche, and naturally printed material. We do not loan our materials, but many of our resources are available online to assist your research. We are a free public library and welcome readers and researchers of all ages and areas of interest.

The collection and preservation of material relating to South Australia and its people, is a major role of the State Library. In many cases we hold the only remaining documented copy of an item. The library plays a major role in preserving the memories of the state. Many items have been donated by members of the South Australian community. Materials in the collection include:

  • published material, e.g. books, pamphlets, newspapers, magazines, maps, ephemera collections such as menus, theatre programmes and audiovisual material
  • a copy of every item published in South Australia
  • unpublished material produced by businesses, organisations and individuals e.g. letters, diaries, minutes, photographs and oral histories

The Library's website provides a range of information resources including: the catalogue, home access to online databases, Library Guides, exhibitions and digital collections such as SA Memory.