Virtual library

Accessing a world of online resources through your Adelaide City library card.

Your Adelaide City Libraries membership is the key to a treasure trove of free online content that you can access 24 hours a day on your chosen device.

Read eBooks, download mp3 music, watch movies and much more, all on your computer or smart device.

You can also check out our range of online programs to follow along with at home.

Want to become a member of Adelaide City Libraries to access the Virtual Library? You can sign up right now.

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

To browse for eBooks, choose a collection below and log in using your South Australian library card.

Please note, Amazon Kindle is not currently compatible with library eBooks.


Browse the Libby eBook collection

Download the app - iOS / Android 

Libby help pages


Browse the BorrowBox eBook collection

Download the app - iOS Android 

Help pages

Who Else Writes Like?

Just finished a great book and hungry for more? Use Who Else Writes Like? To find your next great read by browsing authors similar to your favourites.

NOTE: When logging in, add the code COAL- before your library barcode number.

Who Next? A guide to children's authors

Similar to Who Else Writes Like?, Who next? A Guide to Children’s Authors helps you find your next great book for kids with a guide to children's authors.

NOTE: When logging in, add the code COAL- before your library barcode number.

Be Connected

Join an online national movement helping older Australians to increase their online confidence and skills. An initiative of the Australian Government, through Be Connected you can create your own learning plan, access a range of helpful resources and get the most out of going online.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly LyndaLibrary)

Needing to learn a new skill or to upgrade what you have? LinkedIn Learning is an educational video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognised industry experts. Courses are divided into chapters allowing you to learn at your own pace.
NOTE: On first login, enter ‘sapln’ in the Email Address/Library ID field. Then log in as usual with your library card number and PIN.

The Adelaide Picture Collection

The Adelaide Picture Collection contains over 1000 photographs dating from the mid-19th Century and is available for viewing online. Part of the City of Adelaide History Hub, you’ll find images of city streets and buildings, parks and people, and various civic events, services and infrastructure.

Ancestry Library Edition

Trace your family history using over 7,000 databases including Census, Marriage & Death, Military and Immigration. This includes extensive coverage of United States and the United Kingdom.

Please note: Ancestry is only available on Library PCs and devices connected to the LibrariesSA-Free wifi network.

Trove Australia

Trove Australia is a fascinating resource from the National Library of Australia. You’ll find information on all things Australian - from books, images, video files, historic newspapers, maps, music, manuscripts, archives and more.


Get busy with Busythings! Children will love playing lots of fun and educational games that teach maths, science, geography and more. Select your age range from 3 to 11 and get learning.


Introduce your child to coding through Busycode. You'll find lots of simple games designed to introduce simple programming concepts to 5 to 11 year olds.

Transparent Language Online

Have fun learning another language using pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary-building lessons available through Transparent Language Online.

Road to IELTS

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS™, is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. Road to IELTS™ contains general and academic self-study materials for the International English Language Testing System.


Search and access full digital copies of The Advertiser and The Sunday Mail on your computer or device. NewsBank also contains a fully searchable database of thousands of other publications around the world.


Read newspapers and magazines from around the world! Thousands of publications from over 100 countries in 60+ languages.

Please note: PressReader is now accessed via the State Library of South Australia website in a web browser. Sign up for a free SLSA membership to use PressReader.

There is also a range of magazines available on our two eBook apps:


Browse the Libby magazine collection. 

Download the app - iOS / Android

Libby help pages


Choose from thousands of classic films, indie films and documentaries to stream online. Kanopy has over 150 films added each month, so you’re sure to find something new.


Stream your favourite documentaries and indie films. Beamafilm features a large collection of classic Australian movies. Please note that Adobe Flash is required for some parts of this website.


Free access to over 7 million songs, including Sony Music Entertainment’s catalogue of legendary artists. Through Freegal you can stream music online or download to your device. 

Please note that Adobe Flash is required for some parts of this website and download limits may apply.

You can also access Freegal via their app: iOS / Android

Creative Spirits

A great resource for information on Aboriginal culture. Creative Spirits topics include Language, Politics and Spirituality.


A hub for South Australian community information from government and non-government organisations, SAcommunity helps you with everything from health and welfare to arts and recreation.


This is a great tool for those studying for their learner’s permit in South Australia. Aussie-Driver enables you to practice with free learner’s tests for driving in South Australia.

Need more information?

If you have any questions about the Adelaide City Libraries, please contact us at any time: