Libraries - your questions answered

General - 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:














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.

The Adelaide City Libraries are vibrant, easy to access and welcoming places where people can connect, create and be inspired. For information about accessibility in the library, please read our Access Guides: 

While every effort has been made to provide information within the guides on key accessibility considerations, if you would like to ask specific questions you can speak to one of our staff members at the library, give us a call on 8203 7990 or email us at [email protected].

For your convenience, photocopying, printing and scanning is 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

Yes, there are several free charging options at all the library branches. At the Tynte Street Library and Hutt Street Library, there is a free charging station as well as portable charging kits that can be exchange for ID while in the library. At the City Library there are additional device charging lockers available, as well as the charging station and portable charging kits. Please read the device charging locker terms and conditions prior to use.

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.

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. You can also renew items through the Libraries SA app.

    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.

    No, you will not be charged late fees, but we ask that you please renew your items before the due date or return them on time for the sake of other borrowers.

    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.

    Four 24-hour library returns chutes are located in the city and North Adelaide. They are located outside:

    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 $6.00 processing fee will also be charged in both cases.