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Who can join?

Any resident of South Australia is welcome to join Adelaide City Libraries. Membership is free of charge.

Adelaide City Libraries are a part of the One Card Network, which connects more than 130 libraries across South Australia. If you are already a member of a One Card library, you can use that card to borrow items at Adelaide City Libraries. You can also return your items to any other One Card library.

All Library visitors are expected to follow our Customer Conditions of Entry.

How do I join?

Simply visit one of our library centres and present identification that shows your name, current address, date of birth and signature to register for full membership.

If you do not have appropriate identification you may register for temporary membership, which will allow you to borrow up to 5 items at a time.

Visitors under 18 years of age need to be registered by a parent or legal guardian over 18 years of age. A Medicare card / passport which names the child / children will also be required for verification.

You can also register for library membership through our online catalogue, which allows you to place holds on up to 5 items before you visit us to complete your registration. Visit one of our centres within 30 days so we can issue you a card and you can start borrowing.

For more information about joining the library please refer to the Adelaide City Libraries Conditions of Use brochure.

Library Access Guide: 

The Adelaide City Libraries staff have been working with City of Adelaide Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel (AIAP) to ensure that the libraries are a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone to enjoy. The AIAP is made up of 12 people with experience of disability.

These library access guides are one of the outcomes of this work. 

Use these guides to make your experience of accessing the City Library and using its facilities and services an enjoyable one.


What can I use my card for?

If you have a membership at any One Card library, you can use that card to borrow from one of our centres.

If you have a membership at Adelaide City Libraries, you can also access our Virtual Library for eBooks, downloadable films and magazines, online access to newspapers, encyclopaedias, online language support and more; book public PCs and access printers and photocopiers. Please contact us to find out more about accessing these services.

Join our Home Library Service

Cannot get to any of the Libraries but would still like access to the Library’s collection? Then why not join the Home Library Service?

City of Adelaide offers a free Home Library Service to City residents who are unable to visit our libraries due to sickness(short or long term), frailty, disability, or inability to physically carry items home; or their caring role makes it difficult to access Library Centres.

Library staff coordinate the service and friendly and skilled volunteers select and deliver the materials to our customers.

Books (including large print), audio books, DVDs, CDs and magazines from across South Australia are delivered to your door.

How Can I Volunteer in the Library?

If you are interested in dedicating some of your time to a volunteer role the Adelaide City Library has a diverse range of roles. 

These include:

Library Shelving
Library Collections Support
Library Program and Events
Home Library Service
Justice of the Peace
Digital Hub
Innovation Lab
Media Lab
History Hub

To view current vacancies and find out more about how to be a volunteer with the City of Adelaide, visit Be a Volunteer.          

What can I do without a membership?

If you don’t have a library card, you can still:

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