Research Centre

Opening hours and location

In December 2015 State Records closed its Research Centre at the State Library in Adelaide, and relocated to 115 Cavan Rd, Gepps Cross. The Gepps Cross Research Centre opened on 19 January 2016.

Opening hours at Gepps Cross are as follows:

  • Tuesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Second Sunday of the month (by appointment) 10am - 4pm*

*Bookings for Sunday openings can be made via email ( or telephone - (08) 8343 6800. Bookings must be made by 2pm on the Wednesday prior to the Sunday opening.  Please note that a minimum of three appointments are required - if less than three appointments are made, the Research Centre will not open and researchers will be advised.

At the Research Centre researchers may view original records held by State Records, view records on microform and check hard copy special list indexes. Reference Officers are also available to assist researchers.

Most of our records are housed onsite at Gepps Cross. Same-day viewing for records is available for orders placed one hour before closing time.

Gepps Cross Research Centre is serviced by a variety of public transport options within short walking distance. For more details visit

Free Bus Service - City to Gepps Cross

State Records offers a free weekly bus service between the City and the Gepps Cross Research Centre.

The service is available every Thursday except public holidays, with pick-up in the City at 10am outside the Convention Centre on North Terrace. The bus returns from Gepps Cross at 3pm and terminates at the Convention Centre. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Bookings close at 11am each Wednesday and can be made in advance. Please note that a minimum of three bookings are required for the service to operate (customers booked in for the service will be notified by 5pm Wednesday if a cancellation occurs).

Bookings are essential and can be taken by email, phone (08) 8343 6800, or left as voicemail.  If you leave a message, please ensure you have received acknowledgement from State Records by 11am on the Wednesday before you intend to travel.

The service is operated by Des’s Mini Vans (

User registration

Researchers ordering records for the first time will be asked to register with State Records, and will receive a user ID number and card.

Researchers who have registered online using the catalogue ArchivesSearch, will need to ask for a user ID card when they visit the Research Centre.

Services available at the Research Centre

Access to ArchivesSearch along with other guides, finding aids and indexes are available in the Research Centre. State Records staff in the Research Centre can help you by:

  • assisting you to search for and order records
  • offering search strategies
  • explaining how to use ArchivesSearch and other guides, finding aids and indexes
  • advising on access restrictions
  • referring you to appropriate agencies or organisations
  • facilitating access to personal information for rights and entitlement purposes
  • providing guidance and advice about records that may be relevant to enquiries
  • confirming the accuracy of archival references

Services not provided by State Records

Please note that State Records is unable to offer:

Researchers unable to attend our Research Centre, or who wish to perform complex research, will need to engage the services of a professional researcher to act on their behalf.

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