Virtual library

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

Your Adelaide City Libraries membership card is the key to a treasure trove of services and resources, and you can unlock them from your Internet device anywhere, anytime.

From the educational to the informational and even the whimsical, using your library membership you can read an eBook or magazine, learn a language, stream your favourite music, watch a movie, connect with your community or just have fun, all using your chosen Internet enabled device from the comfort of your home.

What are you waiting for – what will you discover in the treasure trove today?

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

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 OverDrive eBook collection

Download the app - iOS / Android / Microsoft

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Browse the BorrowBox eBook collection

Download the app - iOS Android Microsoft

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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.

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.

Art History Resources

You'll find news, comments, updates, pictures, videos, reviews and information for anyone who is interested in art history. Art History Resources is hosted by art historian Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe.  


Artcyclopedia is a search engine for art information, covering thousands of artists and museum quality artworks. 

Australian Poetry Library
Through the Australian Poetry Library you can search and read a wide range of Australian poetic texts, as well as related material including interviews and recordings.

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 Computer School

Access an extensive and comprehensive range of computer skills training covering the world's most popular computer programs.

The Computer School provides user-friendly tutorials, step by step instructions and easy to follow screenshots. Learn Microsoft Excel or Publisher, Adobe Photoshop or Dreamweaver, Twitter, Facebook and more.

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: For a limited time, Ancestry is accessible from your home or anywhere outside the library. Log in and start your family history journey today.

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.

Gale: Interactive Science

Science comes to life as you zoom, rotate, and explore interactive 3D models! Gale: Interactive Science brings you fascinating science topics including biology, chemistry, earth, and space science. (please note the password is: library)

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.

AMES is English

Through Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES) you can learn English from beginner to intermediate level – for work, life and study in Australia and global environments. Improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills - gain the confidence to use English in everyday situations, for work and study. Use AMES is English to learn about Australian society and culture. Please note: The student number = Your library barcode ie. X0


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.


PressReader gives you access to over 7,000 publications from over 100 countries in 60+ languages, Explore titles such as Better Homes & Gardens, Gardening Australia, The Guardian, Vogue Australia, Women’s Weekly, Australian Men’s Health & much more from all over the world!

Having problems? Try our “getting started” guide with more information here.


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. We have temporarily upgraded our Freegal Music service to allow you 24-hours-per-day streaming until September 30.

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

AMES is English: Jobseeking Skills Online

Learn jobseeking skills to find work in Australia. Practise writing a résumé and cover letter. With AMES is English:Jobseeking Skills Online you can prepare for the interview and making cold calls to employers.

Please note: The student number = Your library barcode ie. X0

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:

8203 7990