Keeping history alive
The Australiana Publications program, an initiative of the Friends of the State Library of South Australia, began in 1995. It is the Friends' principal fund-raising mechanism, allowing it to help the State Library to purchase rare and beautiful books and objects, as well as documents and items important in the record of South Australian history.
Australiana Publications continues the pioneering work of the Libraries Board of South Australia, which from 1962 to 1979 published facsimile editions of rare books to make them more accessible to the public.
Since 1995 the Friends' Australiana Publications sub-committee has produced over thirty high quality titles, including reproductions of important Australian works that help chart our history. Elegantly produced and highly collectible, these superbly illustrated hard-cover limited editions and affordable paperbacks, make our history available to local, national and international audiences. Paperback and audio versions of some titles are also available, and Friends, of course, get advance notice of each title's publication, as well as a discount.