Libraries - your questions answered

The Adelaide City Libraries, located at Rundle Mall, Hutt Street and Tynte Street North Adelaide are fascinating places of infinite possibilities. They offer a range of facilities, services, programs and events.

Here are some of the most common questions, answered below:

The Adelaide City Libraries are public places which are welcoming to all people. To maximise the safety and enjoyment of the libraries and their facilities by everyone, you are required to observe the following conditions of entry.

Please note: individual programs or facilities may have their own conditions of use.

Adelaide City Libraries offer resources available for loan in the following languages:

Arabic

Indonesian

Polish

Chinese

Italian

Russian

French

Japanese

Serbian

German

Khmer

Spanish

Greek

Korean

Vietnamese

Whiles most of this material is located at the Adelaide City Library in Rundle Place, you can use your Adelaide Libraries card through the One Card Network to request language items held at other SA Public Libraries.

For your convenience, photocopying and printing services are available at all Adelaide City Libraries.

The copying machines are self-service and operate using a customer's library card. Value is added to the card using a dispenser near the copier. Guest tickets may also be purchased for printing services. For additional assistance and information please ask a staff member.

Charges for photocopying and printing from computers are as follows (per page):

A4 size B&W: $0.15

A4 size colour: $2.00

A3 size B&W: $0.30

A3 size colour: $4.00

The Adelaide South West Community Centre, located at 171 Sturt Street, offers the following library services:

  • item returns
  • catalogue searching
  • placing holds online
  • booking into events and activities
  • a regular Book Group that meets monthly.

We love collaborating with individuals, businesses and organisations to deliver services for the community. Please complete an Expression of Interest form and we’ll get in contact with you. Thank you!

Our Library Centre’s are places for people to meet, talk, relax and unwind in a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment. While certain areas of the library can be quiet and some desk space is available, there are no designated study areas.

The Adelaide City Libraries accepts donations of books that are suitable for addition to our collection. We accept those in good condition and current. Donated items that don’t meet our criteria may be added to the Adelaide City Libraries Book Sales. The library reserves the right to refuse unsuitable donations.

The Adelaide City Library has a number of multipurpose spaces which are available for booking. The City of Adelaide also has a number of venues which offers space for hire. See our Spaces, rooms and venues to hire page.

Yes, you can. Adelaide City Libraries offers a Work Experience Program for high school students. The program is designed to provide insights into how we work together to ensure our libraries are a place of possibility where the community can create, connect and inspire.

Students studying at tertiary institutions who are looking for a career in libraries can apply to complete a Work Placement, which aims to support the area of study being undertaken. Please email enquiries.

Borrowing– your questions answered

Through the Adelaide City libraries, you can borrow an array of different items.

Please refer to the following guide:

Temporary members: you may borrow up to five items at any one time.

Full members: you may borrow up to 100 items at any one time across the One Card Network with the following limits:

  • 10 Audio Books
  • 5 Language Kits
  • 20 DVDs
  • 1 Fast Flick

All members: 10 eBooks

  • Books/Audiobooks – 28 days
  • eBooks - 21 days
  • CDs - 14 days
  • DVDs (general) - 14 days
  • Fast Flick DVDs - 7 days
  • Language kits - 28 days
  • Magazines - 14 days

Items can be renewed through the Online Catalogue by accessing your personal account, called "My Account.” It’s located at the top right hand side of the catalogue page.

To login you’ll need your library barcode number and your 4 digit PIN. If you have forgotten your PIN, please call the library on 8203 7990. For loan extensions, two extensions are available providing no one else has requested the item (eBooks excepted).

A receipt listing your return dates can be printed or emailed when you borrow items. If you have registered an email address with us you will receive a courtesy reminder email three days prior to the due date.

We welcome your suggestions for items to be added to the library collection. Please check the Online Catalogue to see if the item is already owned by a library in the One Card Network before you submit a suggestion. 

If you cannot find the item you are looking for, you may click the “Suggest items” link on the Online Catalogue. Submit your online request form and we will try to locate the item for you. 

Whilst all items are considered, not all requests can be filled.

If you have lost your card, please report it to the library on 8203 7990 so we can prevent any misuse. Treat your library card with the security that you would treat a credit card, as you are solely responsible for any items or charges that are issued to it. 

Cards can be replaced for the small cost of $2.50, and formal identification of name, signature and current address are required.

Yes, your PIN can be changed through the Online Catalogue. Simply access your personal account, called "My Account" located at the top right hand side of the catalogue page. To login you will require your library barcode number and your 4 digit PIN. Click on “change PIN” and follow the prompts. If you have forgotten your PIN, please call the library on 8203 7990.

24-hour library returns chutes are located directly outside of the City Library (Francis Street entrance), Hutt Street and Tynte Street Libraries and outside the South West Community Centre. Items can also be returned to any SA Public Library on the One Card Network.

If you lose or damage an item then a new, exact copy of the item can be purchased by you and taken to any SA Public Library for processing. Alternatively, the cost to replace the item can be paid direct to the owning library. A $5.00 processing fee will also be charged in both cases.