South Australia State Office – Adelaide

Adelaide Reading Room is based at The State Library of South Australia
Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide

National Archives of Australia
Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue,

Tel: (08) 8204 8787
PO Box 3563, RUNDLE MALL, SA 5000

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Opening hours

Reading room

10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday, closed public holidays.

Please note: You must pre-order records for viewing in the reading room. Records will be retrieved once a week on Mondays. You can submit an advance request to view records.

The Somerville Reading Room is shared between the National Archives and the State Library of South Australia.

Getting there

Car parking

The closest parking station is Wilson's Car Park at 251 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

Public Transport

The State Library is serviced by bus stop G1 on North Terrace. The Library is 300m from the Rundle Mall tram stop and 500m from the Adelaide Railway Station. Maps and timetables are available from Tel: 1300 311 108.


Taxis can drop off in front of the State Library on North Terrace. The nearest taxi rank is in Gawler Place.

Onsite accessibility

Wheelchair access

All public areas of the State Library are wheelchair accessible.

Toilet facilities

Public toilets with disabled facilities are available on Level 1 of the Spence Wing.

Assistance animals

Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.

Further details regarding Disability Access

The collection in Adelaide

The Adelaide office holds a small but diverse collection ranging from nineteenth century colonial records to substantial holdings on immigration and defence in the twentieth century.

Of particular interest are the Defence Science and Technology Organisation records and material relating to railways and internment in South Australia.

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation records include files, slides and plans of the Woomera testing site. This collection also includes the human side of the missile testing in South Australia with the Gibber Gabber newsletter, and Bulldust news sheet produced by staff involved in atomic bomb testing.

The railway collection contains files, plans, and photographs, captures the broad history of mainland rail – Australian National as well as Central Australian Railways, Northern Australian Railway and the Trans Australian Railway – reflecting South Australia’s central role in the rail industry.

The records of the Loveday internment camp document security service aspects of individual people’s internment. They include personal particulars, arrangements for appeal and release, security service, tribunal notes and mail censorship material.

Further information about the records collection of State Records of South Australia can be found at:

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