There are approximately 90 public libraries in South Australia owned and operated by local councils.
Libraries provide a wide range of free (or low cost) events, programs and services catering to all ages and interests. In addition to traditional book loans, libraries offer a range of services including; ebooks and audio books; free computer and internet access; Justice of the Peace services; photocopying; reading clubs; school holiday programs; English language courses; and community rooms for hire.
Seven public libraries in South Australia are participants in the Federal Government’s Digital Hubs Program, helping communities gain the skills needed to maximise the benefits provided by the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Libraries also play a vital role in the collection and dissemination of information about community groups and services. To find information about community services in South Australia visit the SAcommunity website.
South Australia's public libraries work collaboratively, with the State Government providing funding which supports a ‘networked’ approach to the provision of services across the state. This has resulted in the development of the ‘one card’ system where customers can now use any public library across SA with a single card, and have access to over 4 million items. Members can borrow and return from any library in the State. For more information visit www.libraries.sa.gov.au.
Working on behalf of member councils, the LGA secured a 10-year library funding agreement designed to deliver more than $185m of State subsidy over 10 years. This is the longest funding commitment to public libraries anywhere in Australia and provides certainty to allow the sector to plan ongoing reforms to keep pace with changing technology and community demand.