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Virtual Library

As an Adelaide City Libraries member you have access to a range of Virtual Library resources. Watch a movie, read an e-book or magazine, stream your favourite music, learn a language, connect with your community and find information online.

eBooks and Audiobooks

Adelaide City Libraries offers a large collection of downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks including classics, new releases, nonfiction and bestsellers for all ages. Titles can be borrowed for up to 21 days and are returned automatically.

Download to your compatible eBook reader, iPad, smartphone, mp3 player, PC or laptop, 24 hours a day.

To browse our eBook collections, go to our online catalogue and select ‘eBooks & Audiobooks’ from the drop-down menu. Or, go directly to one of our two eBook collections and log in using your South Australian library card:


(eBooks and Digital Audiobooks)



You can download the following apps from your device's App Store to borrow eBooks:

Libby – borrow OverDrive eBooks in a simple one-tap app: iOS / Android / Microsoft

OverDrive: iOS / Android / Microsoft

ePlatform: iOS / Android / Microsoft

For more information:

OverDrive help pages

Libby app help pages

ePlatform help pages

More information about using ePlatform and OverDrive

* Please note the Kindle is not currently compatible with this system.


Thousands of digital graphic novels and comics available to check out for 7 days on any Internet enabled device.

Magazines and News

RBdigital Magazines (formerly Zinio)

24/7 access to your favourite magazines on your PC, Mac or mobile device.

Please note that Adobe Flash is required for some parts of this website

RBdigital Help and FAQs


Access articles from thousands of news sources online with this fully searchable database. NewsBank contains articles from The Advertiser and The Sunday Mail from 1998 to today.



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

Please note that Adobe Flash is required for some parts of this website

Download the app: iOS / Android

Watch Movies Online


Choose from thousands of classic films, indie films and documentaries to stream online. With over 150 films added each month you are sure to find something for you.


Stream your favourite documentaries and indie films.

Please note that Adobe Flash is required for some parts of this website

Learn Languages

Transparent Language Online

Have fun learning another language using these pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary-building lessons.

Road to IELTS

General and Academic self-study materials for the International English Language Testing System.

AMES is English

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. Learn about Australian society and culture.

Note: The student number = Your library barcode ie. X0

Computer Skills

Be Connected

Join an online national movement helping older Australians to increase their online confidence and skills. Create your own learning plan, access a range of helpful resources and get the most out of going online.


Educational video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognised industry experts.

the computer school logoThe Computer School

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

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

You can use The Computer School in the library or at home with your Adelaide Library membership barcode.

Dynamic Learning Online

Simple online training courses for popular computer programs, emails and social networking.

Discover History

The Adelaide Picture Collection

The Adelaide Picture Collection contains over 1000 photographs dating from the mid-19th Century and is available for viewing online. Among the images are views of City streets and buildings, parks and people, and various civic events, services and infrastructure.

Learn more about the City of Adelaide History Hub

Ancestry Library Edition

Trace your family history using over 7,000 databases including Census, Marriage & Death, Military, Immigration and Local History.

Note: Ancestry is only available from inside the library.

Please note that Adobe Flash is required for some parts of this website

Trove Australia

Information on all things Australian from books, images, video files, historic newspapers, maps, music, manuscripts, archives and more.

Find My Past

Trace your ancestry with an extensive collection of records from Australia and New Zealand, including military records, migration records, electoral rolls and more. You can also create a free account to keep track of your research and build your family tree.

Note: Find My Past is only available from inside the library. Please reserve a History Hub PC at City Library or Tynte Street Library to use this resource.

Study Tools

Who Next? A guide to children's authors

Find your next great book for kids with this guide to children's authors.  


Free Learner’s practice tests for driving in South Australia.

Road to IELTS

General and Academic self-study materials for the International English Language Testing System.

AMES is English: Jobseeking Skills Online

Learn jobseeking skills to find work in Australia. Practise writing a résumé and cover letter. Prepare for the interview and making cold calls to employers.

Note: The student number = Your library barcode ie. X0

Creative Spirits 

Resource for information on Aboriginal culture. Topics include Language, Politics and Spirituality. 


Common Sense Media

Read independent reviews to help your family make smart choices about media including books and films.


Who Else Writes Like?

Find your next great read by browsing authors similar to your favourites.


Health and Wellbeing

My Health & Wellbeing

Quality health information from government and health websites.

Your Community


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

Just for Fun

Clue Detective

Keep your brain active with access to hundreds of crosswords, codewords and Sudoku puzzles.


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

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