Libraries are free to join and offer a range of resources and services to South Australians. Interstate and overseas visitors can also join and use the State Library of South Australia.

State Library of South Australia

The State Library of South Australia’s gathers, protects and shares publications of value to the South Australian community.

The library offers many opportunities to explore and discover areas of the state’s history. You can also use rooms and equipment and access free wi-fi.

Visit the State Library or browse the website and online resources to discover unique South Australian stories, access collections and online resources, attend an exhibition, research family history, join a program or experience unique library spaces including the iconic Mortlock Chamber.

Join the State Library

The online catalogue contains information for virtually all material held by the State Library. It brings together the State Library's published, archival, pictorial, and ephemeral collections in one search.

Search the catalogue

Access e-resources

Public libraries

South Australia effectively has two types of public libraries - those owned and operated by local councils and School Community Libraries (SCLs). SCLs generally operate in communities with a population of less than 3,000 people.

There are more than 130 public libraries across South Australia - all FREE to join.

Join online for a digital membership or visit a library to become a member.

Find a library

SA library customers can use any library with a single card and have access to the entire public library collection - over 3 million items, including many online resources. Members also have free access to PCs, internet and wi-fi.

Search the catalogue

Access the digital library

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