The library was established when the Museum was formed and has since assembled a very extensive aviation memorabilia collection. This is housed in a very user-friendly large room, which was extended and opened in 2012. It is a very important resource for researching aviation history, with a wide range of memorabilia held on both South Australian and Australian aviation.

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The library’s collection contains:

  • Aviation books: approximately 3,500
  • Aviation magazines: various issues of approximately 63 publications (including Aircraft 1922–2004, The Aeroplane 1936–1964)
  • Memorabilia: eight four-drawer filing cabinets of civil and military aviation
  • Technical handbooks: approximately 1,000 on subjects such as air frames, engines, operations manuals, etc.
  • DVDs and VHS Tapes: approximately 700 in total
  • A photographic collection (civil and military): transparencies, prints, negatives and digital photographs (extensive) – approximately 30,000
  • Oral history interviews: tapes and CDs
  • Aviation newspaper clippings: 1946–1975 and from 2005 to date
  • Aviators’ Log Books: a collection of 30
  • David Freeman (Aviation Historian) Collection: photographs (15,000), negatives, transparencies and memorabilia
  • Raymond Deane OAM: aviation newspaper collection 1929–1938
  • Roy Gropler Collection: memorabilia, photographs and pilot log book
  • Erich Sommer Collection (ex-Luftwaffe): memorabilia and correspondence
  • Royal Aero Club of South Australia: Minute Books 1926–1980
  • Ansett Transport Industries Ltd Annual Reports: 1958–1979.


The collection is used to support the Museum’s publications and material for hangar displays.

Currently the library is open only to Museum members, but is made available for access by genuine researchers.

Please contact the librarian, Nigel Daw, on 08 8240 1230 or via email  to arrange a visit.

The library is prepared to accept aviation books, magazines, memorabilia and log books, so please contact the librarian if you require further details.