Unley Libraries

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Give the Gift of Reading

Give the Gift of ReadingWe believe that everyone should be able to enjoy reading, regardless of circumstance. Give the Gift of Reading encourages people to donate new books for children or young people in need. Attach a coloured tag (available at the Libraries) and place your donations under the Christmas trees at Goodwood or Unley Civic Libraries.

Books will be collected until Monday 19 December and will be distributed to families in need via the Salvation Army.



Unley Libraries Christmas Opening Hours

Please find our opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period below. Times in bold are changes to our normal hours.
  • Unley Civic Library

    Unley Civic Library

    Phone: 8372 5100
    Friday 16 December 10am - 12pm
    Saturday 17 December 10am - 4pm
    Sunday 18 December 2 - 5pm
    Monday 19 December 1 - 6pm
    Tuesday 20 December 10am - 6pm
    Wednesday 21 December 10am - 6pm
    Thursday 22 December 10am - 8pm
    Friday 23 December 10am - 6pm
    Saturday 24 December 10am - 4pm
    Sunday 25 December Closed (Public Holiday)
    Monday 26 December Closed (Public Holiday)
    Tuesday 27 December Closed (Public Holiday)
    Wednesday 28 December 10am - 5pm
    Thursday 29 December 10am - 5pm
    Friday 30 December 10am - 5pm
    Saturday 31 December 10am - 4pm
    Sunday 1 January Closed (Public Holiday)
    Monday 2 January Closed (Public Holiday)
  • Goodwood Library

    Goodwood Library

    Ph 8372 5166
    Friday 16 December 10am - 12pm
    Saturday 17 December 10am - 1pm
    Sunday 18 December Closed
    Monday 19 December 10.30am - 5pm
    Tuesday 20 December 10am - 6pm
    Wednesday 21 December 1 - 5pm
    Thursday 22 December 10am - 6pm
    Friday 23 December 10am - 5pm
    Saturday 24 December 10am - 1pm
    Sunday 25 December Closed
    Monday 26 December Closed (Public Holiday)
    Tuesday 27 December Closed (Public Holiday)
    Wednesday 28 December 10am - 5pm
    Thursday 29 December 10am - 5pm
    Friday 30 December 10am - 5pm
    Saturday 31 December 10am - 1pm
    Sunday 1 January Closed
    Monday 2 January Closed (Public Holiday)
  • Unley Toy Library

    Unley Toy Library

    Ph 8372 5174
    Friday 16 December 10.30am - 12pm
    Saturday 17 December 10.30am - 3pm
    Sunday 18 December Closed
    Monday 19 December Closed
    Tuesday 20 December 10.30am - 12.30pm
    2 - 5pm
    Wednesday 21 December 2 - 5pm
    Thursday 22 December 2 - 5pm
    Friday 23 December 10.30am - 12.30pm
    Saturday 24 December 10.30am - 3pm
    Sunday 25 December
    25 December 2016
    - 2 January 2017
    Monday 26 December
    Tuesday 27 December
    Wednesday 28 December
    Thursday 29 December
    Friday 30 December
    Saturday 31 December
    Sunday 1 January
    Monday 2 January

Fullarton Park Readers' Advisory will be closed 21 December 2016 - 22 January 2017.
Unley Museum will be closed 22 December 2016 - 8 January 2017.
Family History will be closed from Friday 16 December 2016 - they will re-open in their new location at the Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue, Unley on Tuesday 17 January 2017.

Out-of-hours returns facilities are available outside both Unley Civic and Goodwood Libraries for your convenience.

We wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.


Well beyond your traditional library service, Unley Libraries offers you a place to relax, seek your amusement and find your answers.

We have an extensive range of informative and entertaining events for adults, including adult education opportunities, and an outstanding program of children's activities.

We are part of the South Australian One Card Network giving you access to the resources of around 130 libraries across the state.

See below for out locations and opening hours. Please note that all library branches are closed on public holidays (inc. Easter weekend). After hours returns chutes are available at both Unley Civic and Goodwood Libraries for your convenience. Items can have their loan periods extended twice if there are no holds on them: please contact the Libraries on 8372 5100 or, using your library card, via our catalogue.
  • Membership

    Join Unley Library staff are here to help

    If you are a member of a public library in South Australia, you are already registered with us. If not, bring in your current identification with your name, address, signature and photo, and visit a branch of the Unley Libraries to complete our registration form.

    Everyone in the family can join - there is no age limit. If you are under 18 years, your parent/legal guardian is required to complete the form and provide their ID on your behalf.


    Please bring your card with you when you visit your Libraries.

    Most items are available for a four week loan, with the exceptions of DVDs/Blu-rays/CDs/computer games and magazines which are two week loans, and Hot Speed Reads which are 10 day loans.
    • You can borrow up to 100 items including 20 DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks & Wii games and one Hot Speed Read, children's early literacy or bilingual kit.
    • Reserve up to 30 items at any one time.
    • Heavily requested items will have their loan periods halved so waiting periods will be reduced.
    • Borrow or return at any public library in South Australia.
    • Renew your items twice if no one else has them requested.
    • Receive email reminders three days before your due date.
    • Please return your items by their due date as overdue items may incur a fee. To help prevent this, please always take your reminder slip when you borrow.
    • Temporary and visitor memberships available.
  • Friends of the Unley Library

    Friends of the Unley Libraries<

    So who are the Friends of the Unley Libraries (FoUL)? What do they do? And what benefits are available to our members?

    The aims of FoUL:

    • to provide community-based support for the Libraries
    • to promote the Libraries throughout the community and promote community involvement
    • to initiate and assist with Libraries' projects and events
    • to provide community feedback to the Libraries.

    And, of course, to meet new people and have some fun.

    Benefits to members are many:

    • contribute to your library
    • volunteer and experience opportunities
    • enjoy member only offers and raffles, eg. free library bag, book voucher raffle
    • member newsletter
    • social events and chances to meet new people
    • an opportunity to be active in your community and make a difference.

    All members are welcome to attend the monthly meetings every third Wednesday of the month, 2pm in the Unley Civic Library.

    To join, please enquire at the Unley Libraries, pick up a membership form, or download it here -  print it out, fill it in and pay the small fee at any of the Unley Libraries.


The City of Unley Libraries is a major information resource for the local community and collects materials in a variety of popular and new formats. The collection reflects the diversity of the local community and library users. Collection development is based on the following principles:
  • Intellectual freedom: To safeguard the free and open exchange of information and ideas by a collection representing all viewpoints and equal service to all members of the community
  • Access: Free and equal access to a full range of materials, information and electronic resources

Can't find it?

Customer use is the most powerful influence on the Library’s collection. Circulation, purchase requests and holds levels are all closely monitored, triggering the purchase of new items and additional copies of high demand items.

If you have searched the catalogue and are unable to find the item you are looking for, you can send us a request to purchase by filling in the form linked below. Please note that all requests are subject to our collection development policy and budget constraints.

Suggest a Purchase Form

Unley eLibrary

Here you will find fiction and nonfiction eBooks, magazines, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels and music to download. You also have access to online encyclopedias and specialist resources.

This is the library you can access in the middle of the night, read on your tablet or computer, the eLibrary is open when and wherever you have an internet connection and has items downloadable for those times you know you won't.

Go to the Unley eLibrary
  • Family History

    The City of Unley Libraries Family History collection provides access to a range of resources including birth, death and marriage certificates, South Australian and interstate indexes and access to the vast international online repository, Ancestry Library Edition.

    Goodwood Library - Quiet Study Area
    101 Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5063
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am–6pm.

    Phone 8372 5426 or email uccfamilyhistory@internode.on.net

    The Collection includes:
    • Birth, death and marriage certificates for the historical District of Adelaide
      • Births July 1856–1922 (plus indexes to 1928)
      • Deaths July 1864–1967 (plus indexes to 1972)
      • Marriages March 1868–1937
    • Index of South Australian births, deaths and marriages
    • Biographical index of South Australians
    • South Australia 1841 census and biographies
    • Northern Territory Australia deaths 1824–2004 (part 1)
    • South Australian almanacs and directories
    • South Australian pre-civil births, deaths and marriages
    • Victorian birth, death and marriage indexes
    • Tasmanian Pioneer and Federation indexes (births, deaths, and marriages)
    • Access to Ancestry Library Edition (only available onsite at Unley Civic and Goodwood Libraries)
    • Many more publications of a more specific nature

    If you live overseas, interstate, country South Australia or you are unable to visit the collection during open hours, our volunteers may be able to provide assistance for birth, death and marriage certificate searches.

    To request this service either email uccfamilyhistory@internode.on.net or post a Family History request form together with a stamped self-addressed envelope to Family History, c/- Unley Libraries, PO Box 1, Unley SA 5061. The estimated turnaround time for search requests is 28 days (dependent on available resources and the number of requests received). No more than three requests per person can be made at any one time.

    Other local resources

    City of Unley Museum

    Holds Unley-specific historical records and photographs. Items of interest include:
    • House histories and photographs
    • Oral histories
    • Local history
    Monday-Wednesday, 10am-4pm
    Sunday, 1.30 – 4.30pm

    80 Edmund Avenue, Unley SA 5061
    Phone 8372 5117 or email pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au

    South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society (SAGHS)

    A central library run by volunteers providing access to South Australian, Australian and international genealogical and heraldry information.

    Please note that SAGHS does charge for some services.

    Tuesdays, 10.30am-9pm,
    Wednesdays, Thursday and Saturdays, 10.30am- 4.30pm and Every 2nd and 4th
    Sunday, 1-4.30pm 201

    Unley Road, Unley SA 5061
    Phone 8272 4222 or email saghs.admin@saghs.org.au or visit saghs.org.au.

    State Library of South Australia (SLSA)

    Holds a large genealogical collection including South Australian, interstate and international resources.

    Monday–Wednesday, 10am-8pm,
    Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-6pm
    Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm

    Cnr North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide SA 5000
    Phone 8207 7250 or email info@slsa.sa.gov.au or visit slsa.sa.gov.au

    Collection Guide - Family History
  • Kindle eReaders for loan
    The City of Unley Libraries now has Kindle eReaders for loan.

    Each Kindle is loaded with 25 bestseller titles and comes with a quick start guide to get you reading our ebooks with ease. Please see the collection guide below for titles.

    Available for free on a 28 day loan with a limit of one Kindle per card. Please ask at the library customer service desk.

    For full terms and conditions, please see the Quick Start Guide below.
    Kindle Collection Guide 1
    Quick Start Guide for Kindle Paperwhite


The Unley Libraries offer the following services.
  • Home Library Service
    The City of Unley Libraries provide a free monthly Home Library Service to residents who are unable to visit the libraries due to health problems. The service also delivers to aged care and disability residential organisations and is supported by a group of more than 40 volunteers who select and deliver items to home service patrons.

    Home service patrons have access to the entire City of Unley Libraries collection, as well as being able to request items from the One Card network including a huge selection of books, audio books, DVDs, CDs and magazines.

    or further information, and to enquire about eligibility for the service, please phone 8372 5137.
  • Readers Advisory Service
    The City of Unley Libraries offer personalised and in-person assistance with online reading selection, suggestions, recommendations and a place to lounge and discuss what you've read. Books and other items ordered can be collected from and returned to the Centre during their opening hours.

    Please note that no wi-fi access or public computer facilities are available with this service.

    The Centre is located within the Fullarton Park Community Centre.

    Open hours:
    Mondays, 11am-1pm
    Tuesdays, 12.30-3pm
    Thursdays, 10am-1pm

    No bookings required.

    For further information, please phone the Unley Libraries 8372 5100 or visit the Unley Libraries Facebook Page.
    One Card network

    Unley Libraries is part of the One Card network where South Australian library 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 the SA Libraries website.

  • Reboot - learn how to use your digital devices
    Reboot digital literacy program

    Get wired in with Reboot!

    Unley Libraries digital literacy program offers a range of classes designed to spark your learning, improve your confidence and help you get the most our of the latest technology. Bring along your device and get ready to learn in a fun, relaxed and interactive way! More courses will continue to be rolled out during 2016 so keep a lookout in the libraries, and sign-up to our e-newsletter to get the latest updates.
    Note: If you wish to use your own device, you will need to know all your personal usernames and accounts (eg your Apple ID and password for an iPhone or iPad, or your Google account and password for an Android smartphone or tablet). 

    If you wish to use a library computer, please note that we have a mix of Windows PCs and Apple Mac computers so you may not get your first preference, depending on demand in each class. 

    You will also need a current library membership to access wifi. All courses are suitable for Windows PC, Android, iOS or Apple mac users. 

    Our classes

    All Reboot classes requiring payments need to be booked and paid for via phone or in person at the Libraries. All course payments are non-refundable. Tech Help, and courses offered free or by gold coin donation, can be booked online by clicking on the title of the sessions. Please see below for scheduled classes and times.

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  • Reboot Tech Help - One-on-one help with your digital device

    Do you need a little help with your laptop, iPad, tablet, phone or other mobile device? Send photos, email, play with social media, learn how to use your device, we are available to assist you in a 45-minute one-on-one session. Ask questions and gain the help you need. Beginners welcome.

    Book your session here.

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  • School Visits
    School visits

    Tours and class visits School and class library visits are available on request. We also provide outreach services where our staff visit schools, kindergartens and child care centres.

    Request a booking



The City of Unley Libraries has many facilities available for personal or business use such as printing, wifi and meeting room hire. Please see the detailed information below or give us a call to see how we can assist you. Please note that some facilities do incur a charge.
  • Meeting room hire
    The Goodwood Library meeting room is available for hire for personal or commercial purposes for meetings, training sessions, information days, etc. It has a capacity for between 20-30 people and is available during Goodwood Library opening hours only.
    • $9.00 per hour
    • $19.00 per half day
    • $26.00 per full day

    The room is located at the rear of the library and consists of large meeting tables, chairs, whiteboard and markers, projector screen and tea and coffee making facilities (hirers are required to bring their own tea and coffee supplies). There is access to power points for hirers to bring their own laptops and devices and access to the library wifi is available for those with library memberships.

    We welcome inspections or please give the Goodwood Library a call on 8372 5166 for further information and availability.
  • Wireless Access
    Bring your own wireless enabled device to the City of Unley Libraries and you can use our wifi for free!
    What you will need
    • All you will need is your library membership number (any library card across the One Card system can access wifi).
    • If you are not a member of any of the public libraries in SA you can apply to join the City of Unley Libraries or alternatively, you can apply for a guest wifi pass. You will need to show valid photo identification as well as providing us with some personal details.
    How to connect 
    • Open your network connections and connect to the public library wifi network, using the password: PublicLibrary (you will only need this password the first time you login to your device)
    • When you open your web browser, you will be redirected to the login page. Accept the Internet Policy, Terms and Conditions of Use
    • Login using your library card number and PIN (if you are unsure of your PIN, please speak to a staff member)
    Firewalls and Security
    To help protect your computer and the public libraries network please ensure your personal computer has been installed with:
    • A firewall
    • Current virus protection software
    The City of Unley Libraries does not currently offer a printing service for wireless internet access. If you do need to print, you can access our public PCs so have your documents in your email or bring them along on a USB.
    Public library internet policy
    • All internet users are expected to adhere to the public library internet policy
    • A copy of the policy is available on request
    Please note
    • The City of Unley Libraries staff are unable to assist you with hardware and software issues on your personal devices
    • The City of Unley Libraries does not accept any liability for your personal devices
  • Photocopying and Printing


    A4 black & white


    & printing

    A3 black & white



    A4 colour



    A3 colour


  • Book a Public Computer
    We have computers available for public use, please phone 8372 5100 or 8372 5166, or book online.



Welcome to the Unley Libraries Kids' Space. We have entertainment and activities to delight children of all ages. From our hugely popular baby and pre-school programs to our specialised school holiday programs. Both fun and educational, there is something for everyone!
  • School Holiday Program
    School's out and there is time to play and explore. At Unley Libraries, the school holidays are a bustling time as our Youth And Children's team launch their school holiday program. Based on an exciting theme each holidays, we invite performers, provide activities, and have some great fun.

    Please note:

    Children under 10 years must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Children 10-12 years must be signed in and out by a carer or parent.  Children 13-17 years must have parent/guardian contact details recorded on the booking system. Events are only suitable for particular age ranges, please take note when booking your child.

    Book into our School Holiday Program by clicking on the titles of the events below.

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  • Babytime
    Babytime at Unley Libraries

    Every Friday morning during school term, we offer our Babytime program aimed specifically at 0-2 year olds. Sit your child on your lap and enjoy 30 minutes of songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories.

    Fridays 10.30am & 11.30am
    Alternating Unley Town Hall & Goodwood Community Centre


    Babytime Booklet

    Upcoming sessions

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  • Storytime
    Storytime at Unley Libraries

    Twice a week during school term we present Storytime.

    Designed specifically for 2-5 year olds, join us for a story and a theme related craft.

    Tuesdays, 10.30am
    Unley Civic Library

    Thursdays, 10.30am
    Goodwood Library

    Bookings not required.
  • Toy Library
    Unley Toy Library provides for children at all levels of development. Friendly, knowledgeable staff can advise and assist you in selecting the right toys specifically for your child.

    Our collection covers people from 0-100 years! Whilst the majority focuses on 0-12 years, there are puzzles and games that offer a challenge to people of all ages.

    We are particularly proud of our range of games and puzzles and physical activity collection, all of which we strive to keep as relevant as possible. We display our collection in areas of development including: sensory-motor, social and emotional development, concept development, language development, strategic thinking, reading skills, art, science and mathematics.

    If you are a member of any public library in SA, you are registered with the Unley Libraries. If not, simply bring some identification with your name, address, signature and photograph and complete our registration form. You must be a resident of South Australia.

    To join the Unley Toy Library an annual fee is payable:
    • Families $45 (inc. GST) per annum
    • Groups $65 (inc. GST) per annum

    Temporary memberships are available in some circumstances.
    • Most toys are available for four-week loan
    • Short-term party hire equipment is available-Bookings essential
    • Each family membership can borrow six toys and each group membership can borrow 12 toys at one time
    • Before borrowing toys, please check that all the pieces listed on the label are in the container and report any damaged or missing to a staff member
    • Please ask if you need to extend a loan on your toys. Not all toys are able to be extended due to limited availability
    • No holds/reservations. Only party hire equipment can be booked

    All items are to be returned to the Unley Toy Library.

    When returning items, please:
    • Brush any outside toys or games to ensure they are rid of spiders or insects
    • Clean with a mild detergent or antiseptic, where appropriate
    • Ensure toys are in the same packaging in which they were borrowed and contain all the pieces listed on the packaging
    • Advise a staff member if pieces have been damaged or are missing so that payment or replacement may be negotiated
  • Events

    Book here for our Children's events.

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  • School visits
    School visits

    Tours and class visits School and class library visits are available on request. We also provide outreach services where our staff visit schools, kindergartens and child care centres.

    Request a booking


Welcome to the Unley Libraries Youth Space, a place to find all our events, collections and services for young people.

Are you the next J.K Rowling? Or maybe the next Alicia Keys or John Mayer? The City of Unley offers a range of programs and activities for young and talented adults to explore their creative side and get into a groove with others just like yourself. If you’re experienced or a total beginner, come along and try something new. Explore your passions, dreams and ambitions and get involved with what we have to offer!
  • YU - Young Unley Zine
    YU spring 2016The YU zine combines the Unley Young Writers' zine and a library brochure together to make one super publication that celebrates and promotes the range of things young people in our community like to do, create, read, play and learn.

    If you like what we've done with YU, help us to make it grow. Send us your reviews of books, games, music or movies, publish your creative writing, photographs or artwork, assist with the editing and design. Get in touch with Amelia by emailing libraries (at) unley.sa.gov.au or via our Facebook page.  

  • Unley Young Writers Group

    The Unley Young Writers' Group

    For writers aged 12-25 years
    We love writing! Our meetings are friendly and easy-going. We have fun talking about books and writing, and do writing activities to experiment and think creatively. If you are aged 12-25 years, love reading and writing, and would like to be inspired by other like-minded people, come and join us, once a month at the Unley Civic Library, 181 Unley Road.

    New members are always welcome! No experience necessary, no bookings required.

    Unley Civic Library (Youth Area)
    Thursday 3 November 2016, 5.30 - 7.30pm
    Thursday 8 December 2016, 5.30 - 7.30pm (Christmas celebration, costume party and pizza fest!)

    Young Young Writers' Group

    For writers aged 7-12 years

    Do you love to make up stories, comics or poems? Join us for our young young writers' group. We meet once a month on a Monday afternoon, 4-5pm. Bring some writing to share, do some writing activities and learn new storytelling skills.

    Unley Civic Library (Youth Area)
    Monday 7 November 2016, 4-5pm
    Monday 5 December 2016, 4-5pm (Christmas celebration)

    Email us at libraries@unley.sa.gov.au or ph 8372 5100 if you have any questions, or to let us know you are interested in coming along to our meetings.
    SA Writers Centre for Youth
    Have you visited the SA Writers Centre website lately? There is a link especially for youth, check it out today!

    For further information on our Young Writers Group contact the Libraries on 8372 5100.
  • Collections
    We now have Young Adult Kindle eReaders available for loan.

    Each Kindle is loaded with 26 popular teen and young adult titles available to library members aged 12 years and over and free on a 28 day loan with a limit of 1 Kindle per card. Borrowers aged under 15 years are required to borrow on a parent/guardian card. Please ask at the library customer service desk.

    For full terms and conditions, please see the Quick Start Guide below.
    Young Adults Kindle Collection Guide
    Quick Start Guide for Kindle Paperwhite
  • Events

    Book here for our Youth events.

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