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History of the State Library of South Australia: Building and Room Names

Details the Library's interesting history from 1834, its buildings, legislation, Board membership, staff and exhibitions.

 

Buildings and room names

 

The State Library commemorates distinguished South Australians in its naming of the buildings, rooms and other areas of the redeveloped State Library. All names commemorated before the redevelopment began in 2001 continue to be used.

The building names were suggested by senior State Library staff from among a number of South Australians with connections to the State Library of South Australia. A consultation process followed with family or estates of the people selected. The formal approval process involved the Libraries Board of South Australia and in the case of the building names, the Geographical Names Board and the Minister for the Arts.

The names of sponsors are recognised on a Sponsors Board in the foyer. There are many benefactors to the Library who have donated money or collections who are not named here, and enquiries about these donors should be made at the Information Desk or Ask Us service. Further information is also available in the Library Guide called Benefactors and donated collections.

 

Virtual tour of the State Library

360 degree panorama of the Circulating Library at the State Library of SA

360o panorama of the Circulating Library in
the Institute Building at the State Library
pf SA.

Read more about the history of this room
in our Library Guide.

The Circulating Library is a venue for hire

360 degree panorama of the Mortlock Wing at the State Library of SA

360o panorama of the Mortlock Chamber
at the State Library of SA.

Read more about the history of the
Chamber in our Library Guide.

The Mortlock Chamber is open to the
public and also is a venue for hire, which
means that at times the Chamber might
be closed to the public.

 

360 degree panorama of the Spence Library at the State Library of SA

360o panorama of the Spence Library at the
tate Library of SA.

Read more about the history of this wing
in our Library Guide.