The Department is the custodian for an extensive library of cuttings, core, core photographs and thin-sections from the approximately 3300 petroleum and geothermal wells that have been drilled in South Australia. The core and cuttings are stored at the Department’s state-of-the-art Core Library at Tonsley and can be inspected on-site by prior arrangement (access the booking form). The sampling of core and / or cuttings is also permitted, subject to the sampling restriction guidelines.

The Department’s database of ~6000 thin sections generated from core, cuttings and relevant outcrops around SA are stored at Tonsley and are available on loan.