children’s libraries in Australia

The State Library of South Australia led the way in Australia by opening the first free Children’s Library on 16 February 1915.  These images from 1915 and 1956 respectively demonstrate how far we’ve come in engaging children in libraries.

State Library of South Australia
from a brochure by H Rutherford Purnell

State Library of South Australia B47958
This image (B47958 State Library of South Australia) shows the former Police Barracks at the rear of the State Library in 1956.  The Children’s Library was located here from 1927 to 1967.