NLS9 offers four fabulous tours of Adelaide’s cultural institutions, from the grand and famous to the small and quirky.

Tours take place on the first day of NLS, Friday 5 July. Places on the tours are limited, so you must register to participate as part of your conference registration. Each tour costs $30.

Tour 1 – Art, Politics & Education


Meet at the steps in front of the Art Gallery (as seen in the picture below). Be there and ready at 10:00am. Find it on the Map.

Stop 1 – Art Gallery of South Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Gallery of South Australia Research Library is hidden away in the Sub-basement of the West Wing, accessible to visitors only by appointment. With 47,000 books on art, plus a large collection of visual arts archival material, it is one of the special libraries attached to major art galleries around the country. Take this rare opportunity to visit and find out more.

Stop 2 – SA Parliamentary Research Library

SA Parliament Research Library

The SA Parliament Research Library is the oldest publicly funded library in South Australia. It can trace itself back to 1851 when George Strickland Kingston moved in the Legislative Council that a select committee be established to enquire into what books and maps should be purchased for use by the Council. This select committee was followed in 1854 with a standing Library Committee. The first parliamentary librarian, John Stewart Browne, was appointed that year (by chance, my appointment in 2014 was 160 after the first parliamentary librarian). The Library has 12FTE staff and is divided into Research Services, Librarian Services and with the Parliamentary Librarian over the top. The Library performs the following services for Members of Parliament (we are not open to the public):

  • Traditional library services
  • Research services
  • Media monitoring
  • Interactive data sets
  • Community engagement

While we do not provide services directly to the public, we are open for public tours of the Parliament (10am and 2pm on non-sitting days).
If people want to see more, visit our Facebook page.

Stop 3 – Jeffrey Smart Building – University of South Australia Library, City West Campus

Jeffrey Smart Building

The Library at the City West Campus of UniSA is located in the Jeffrey Smart Building. This is a cutting-edge facility providing integrated learning spaces, library resources and support services. Constructed in 2012, the Jeffrey Smart Building was named in honour of the great Australian artist Jeffrey Smart.

Tour 2 – Museums of Port Adelaide – CANCELLED

Stop 1 – South Australian Maritime Museum

South Australian Maritime Museum

Located in the historic Port Adelaide precinct, the South Australian Maritime Museum preserves, explores and celebrates the human history of our oceans and rivers.

Renowned for its innovative approach to maritime history and education, the Museum incorporates the historic Bond Store with three floors of exhibitions, the Port Adelaide Lighthouse from South Neptune Island, and the much-loved steam tug, Yelta.

Our Museum tells stories of South Australians and the sea, of Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin charting our coasts, the tragedy of the Star of Greece and the wrecks that terrified voyagers, the waves of emigrants who voyaged to Australia between the 1830s and 1960s, the boat builders, wharfies and mud punchers who shaped Port Adelaide, even the Port River dolphins. The sea has played such an important part in our history.

Stop 2 – National Railway Museum

Photo taken by the National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum is a self-funded, registered not-for-profit, volunteer managed organisation that is home to over 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia.

Stop 3 – South Australian Aviation Museum

South Australian Aviation Museum

The South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM) is the largest aviation museum in South Australia, and the only aviation museum accredited by Museums Australia to the National Standards for Museums and Galleries.

SAAM has a policy of focussing on South Australian aviation and aviators where possible.  This policy aims to provide current and future generations of South Australians the opportunity to see who those pioneers were, understand how they were able to achieve their aviation related goals and to see some of the aircraft used in attaining them.

Further details of aircraft and other exhibits on display can be viewed on SAAM’s website:

Tour 3 – Museum, State & Art


Meet outside the entrance (as seen in the picture below). Be there and ready at 2:30pm. Find it on the Map

Stop 1 – The Migration Museum

The Migration Museum

The Migration Museum opened in 1986; the first museum in the world to take migration as its subject. Come on a special tour of the museum and find out more about the many identities of the people of South Australia through the stories of individuals and communities. The Migration Museum is a museum of the History Trust of South Australia.

Stop 2 – State Library of South Australia

Mortlock Chamber, State Library of South Australia

Immerse yourself in South Australia’s heritage with a tour of the State Library of South Australia. Discover and enjoy the beautiful Mortlock Chamber and historic buildings and spaces of the Library. Learn about Library services and take part in an exclusive behind the scenes tour. View the ‘Phil Cummings exhibition: Stories behind the books’, in the State Library Gallery.

Come back at 6.00pm to see the Story Wall, a state-of-the-art permanent architectural projection. It uses imagery and sound to tell stories exclusively from the Library’s collections, treasures and exhibitions.

Stop 3 – MOD.

Captured at Adelaide on 26 Nov, {iptcyear} by Rosina Possingham.

MOD. at the University of South Australia is a futuristic museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired.

With dynamic, changing exhibition programs, MOD. inspires young adults aged 15+ about science and technology, showcasing how research shapes our understanding of the world to inform the future.

MOD. offers seven purpose-built gallery areas over two floors, a cafe, shop, and lecture theatre, housed within the University’s new Health Innovation Building on Adelaide’s cultural boulevard on North Terrace. It features Australia’s first Science on a Sphere, a room-sized display that shows planetary data on a sphere surrounded by touchscreens.

MOD. presents an ambitious annual program including two seasonal exhibitions as well as talks, workshops and special events.

Tour 4 – Public, Academic & Museum


Meet outside the Francis Street entrance (off Rundle Mall). Be there and ready at 2:30pm. Find it on the map.

Stop 1 – City Library

City Library

The City Library is an inclusive, creative place designed to inspire, connect, and spur your imagination. Alongside shelves brimming with beautiful books, you’ll find flexible spaces and innovative hubs alive with the latest technology and online resources you can connect with anytime and anywhere.

The vast array of exhibitions, programs, resources and collections build community resilience, celebrate reading and writing and enable digital literacy. They foster new ideas, promote the sharing of knowledge and encourage social engagement across diverse communities.

The City Library is a modern, flexible and proactive, responding to the community’s need to learn and connect and work together, to creating a place where possibilities can be realised.

Stop 2 – Centre of Democracy

Centre of Democracy, photo by Andre Castellucci

The Centre of Democracy showcases the people and ideas that have shaped democracy in South Australia. Featuring treasures from the state’s collections and the latest in digital technology, the gallery challenges visitors to think again about people and power.

One of the newest attraction on Adelaide’s North Terrace cultural precinct, the Centre of Democracy is a hub for a vibrant program of education, public, and online programs that engage and inform visitors about the ideas behind democracy, political participation, and citizenship.

Stop 3 – Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

Barr Smith Library

The Barr Smith Library owes its name to the Barr Smith family, a pioneer family in South Australia and benefactors to the University of Adelaide over many decades, and is one of Australia’s oldest academic libraries. Generations of students have spent many hours studying at the Barr Smith library, poring over its extensive collections.

The original Reading Room is still a popular study area for students. In 2018, the first significant refurbishment of the Library was completed, adding 200 new study spaces and new specialist collections such as Music, East Asian Collection, Recreational Reading, and Yaitya Ngutupira (a collection that aims to support the embedding of Indigenous Knowledge into University teaching and research).