Books and Reading

All things books and reading

At the Adelaide City libraries you can enjoy our collection of over 80,000 items, plus millions more as part of the One Card Network. There are endless opportunities to find your next great read and share your love of reading with like-minded people.

Library Collections

There are many ways to enjoy our extensive collection of books, DVDs, magazines, graphic novels and more. We can also help you to find something new to read by asking our friendly staff or using the resources on our Virtual Library.

Adelaide City Libraries Book Groups

Book groups give you the chance to meet like minded people and discuss a new book each month. Adelaide City Libraries host three book groups, or you can borrow a set of books and start your own. Choose a time and venue that suits you and fill out a registration form to get started.

Meets: First Thursday of the month, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where you’ll find us: Studio 2 at the City Library

Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall

Currently on hold – seeking new members.

Register for the Book Group

Meets: First Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Where you’ll find us: Upstairs meeting room at Hutt Street Library

235 Hutt Street, Adelaide

Book to be discussed June: Devotion by Hannah Kent

Book to be collected for July: The promise by Damon Galgut

Register for the Book Group

Meets: First Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Where you’ll find us: North Adelaide Library,

176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide

Book to be discussed June: Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

Book to be collected for July: She is haunted by Paige Clark

Register for the Book Group

Are you already a part of a book group but have run out of titles? Or do you have a group of friends who are keen to start one?

The Adelaide City Libraries have a special collection of book sets that you can use within, or to start your own book club. Whether you have two members or 10, we have a set for you.

Choose from our popular titles, borrow up to 10 copies on your library card for up to six weeks, and enjoy reading and discussing with your group.

Book set titles available for external book groups to borrow:

  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland
  • The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant
  • The Dry by Jane Harper
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • The Muse by Jessie Burton
  • The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka

Join us for an exciting selection of stories, songs and rhymes aimed at babies and children aged 0 to 5 years. You don’t need to book—just come in, enjoy the session and browse our huge range of children’s material afterwards.

City Library

Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall, Adelaide

(Enter via Francis Street)

Thursdays 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Hutt Street Library

235 Hutt Street, Adelaide

Tuesdays 10:30 am to 11:15 am

Saturdays 10:30 am to 11:15 am

North Adelaide Library and Community Centre

176 Tynte Street, North Adelaide

Wednesdays 10:30 am to 11:15 am

For more information see our Activities and Programs page.

Join us as we take you through a selection of readings and anecdotes on a different topic each month. We invite you to contribute your own reflections and engage with our friendly presenters.

For upcoming Read aloud sessions see our Activities and Programs page.

Through the One Card network, you can access eBooks and audiobooks. Choose from classics, new releases, non fiction and bestsellers for all ages. Titles can be borrowed for up to 21 days and are returned automatically.

Access our eBook and eAudiobook collection and find out more in our Virtual Library.

Or, download the Libby app:

We have a range of special collections available to browse on your next visit:


This is a collection of a selection of titles which have won or been nominated for major literary awards including the Man Booker prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Nobel Prize in Literature.


Sometimes the best place to start is with the best-loved classics. Visit any of our libraries to see our collection of children’s, teen and adult classic novels.

Short Reads

Browse our collection of short-format books at City Library for those who want a more straightforward reading experience.

Community Languages

Adelaide City Libraries offer material for loan in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

These items are located at City Library but can be placed on hold to collect from any library.

Find out more about other languages available across the One Card Network to read material in your own language.

Need more information?

Talk to the friendly Adelaide City Libraries staff about all things books and reading:

8203 7990