Libraries in South Australia

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State Library of South Australia

Family history

The State Library Family History Collection specialises in South Australian resources. It is also strong in material relating to England and Ireland and includes a selection of interstate and other overseas resources.
The Family History Collection is in the Spence Wing on Level 1. A staff member is stationed in the area weekdays from 10am to 5pm. Outside these hours, assistance is available at the information desk. While we can show you how to use the resources, we are not able to conduct searches on your behalf.
Family history starter guide
Family history collection - Fact Sheets
Electronic family history resources
New guides under development
The State Library of South Australia is currently reviewing the way Family History services are represented on our website. Based upon customer requirements and licensing restrictions for our databases (which unfortunately means we cannot provide access offsite), we will be presenting a number of new guides over the next few months using the Libguides application available from Springshare.
In the meantime, check out our new guides:

Family History starter guide
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Immigration to South Australia
Australian Convict Records
For more information please call (08) 8207 7250.

Church Records

The following is a summary of the Church records held by the State Library which may be useful to family historians.

Anglican Church, Baptist Church, Congregational Church, Unitarian Church, Uniting Church
Miscellaneous–South Australia

For Further Information
The State Library of South Australia is custodian of records belonging to the following churches:

  • Anglican SRG 94
    * Baptist SRG 465
    * Congregational SRG 95
    * Methodist SRG 4
    * Presbyterian SRG 123
    * Society of Friends (Quaker) SRG 103
    * Uniting Church in Australia SRG 198

Although the State Library does not hold the originals we do hold microfilm copies of some records belonging to the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation (SRG 162). The microfilm is in the Family History Area.
The State Library is committed to preserving these church records but does make them available for people to consult in the supervised Somerville Reading Room.
If a record is less than 30 years old it may not be copied without the permission of the church concerned.
Many of the Anglican Church records are available in the Family History Area on microfilm or microfiche. There is a booklet kept with the films explaining which records are available.
Contained in the Anglican Church records are the registers of Trinity Church later Holy Trinity Church. This was the first church in South Australia and for sometime the only church.

Digitized Collections

Explore the Library's digitised collections and other online resources.
State Library of South Australia collections
The Library is continually exploring ways to present our digitised collections. Currently, access is through the following.


View extracts of our film collection on our YouTube channel and leave your comments or reminiscences
Virtual books. Explore some of the Library's digitised books and journals available in SA Memory
Over 100,000 photographs are available via the Library catalogue. Select pictorial in the catalogue to limit the search to just our images

  • Read The Antiphonal, a 13th century manuscript
  • Selected images across all collections via SA Memory
  • Online exhibitions
  • Contribute to our developing digital photographic collections
  • View the Flickr photostream for a selection of South Australian images
  • Online databases
  • Lectures at the State Library
  • Settler Society in the Australian Colonies 1830s to 1860s

Other online resources

  • Search cultural institutions for Australian images at Picture Australia
  • Search Historic Australian Newspapers, including The Advertiser.
  • Search other newspapers

The Library is contributing to a national network archiving the nation's websites in PANDORA the National Library of Australia's Web Archives.