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Library Services

The Unley Libraries offer the following services:

 Family History

Located within the Goodwood Library, 101 Goodwood Road, Goodwood, Phone 8372 5426.

Opening Hours

The Family History collection is accessible at the following times:

> Tuesday:   10am to 6pm
> Thursday:  10am to 6pm

The Unley Libraries Family History collection provides access to a range of resources which you can utilise in performing your family history research. These resources include birth, death, and marriage certificates for the Adelaide district on microfiche and much more.

Access to the Family History collection is made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers. The Family History volunteers facilitate access to the collection and can often offer helpful pointers to assist you in your own research. They are not researchers and are consequently not able to perform your research for you.

Births, Deaths and Marriages - Adelaide District Register

Copies of birth, death and marriage certificates for the Adelaide district are available on microfiche in the following date ranges:

> Births:   July 1856 to 1922   (Index with useful information to 1928)
> Deaths:   1864 to 1967   (Index to 1972)
> Marriages:   1868 to 1937

Records are available for the Adelaide District only. Due to their age some certificates may have poor legibility.
Please note that photocopies or prints of the certificates cannot be made.

Resources on CD-ROM

Victorian birth, death, and marriage indexes from 1836 - 1920 are available on CD-ROM, along with South Australian pre-civil registration births, deaths and marriages and a range of other electronic resources. These resources are available for use during Family History opening hours only.

Reference Collection

A wide range of Family and Local History reference books are available in the Unley Civic Library in the Reference Collection. These items are available during normal library opening hours.
Further book resources on researching your family history are also available for loan in the library's general collection.

Access for overseas, interstate and country SA

If you live interstate or in country South Australia and are unable to visit the Unley Libraries Family History collection, our volunteers may be able to provide assistance for birth, death, and marriage certificate searches. To request this service contact the Family History volunteers during opening hours on 8372 5426. If they can assist with your request you will be sent a Family History Request form in the post, which you must fill in and return with a stamped self-addressed envelope enclosed (PDF copy of the form also included below). Estimated turnaround time for search requests is 28 days (this is dependent on available resources and the number of requests received). No more than three requests per person can be made at any one time.

Family History Request Form (63 kb PDF)

Other local resources you might like to try...

City of Unley Museum

The Unley Museum has house histories and photographs, books, oral history tapes, and historical records that you can access for research purposes.

> Visit:   80 Edmund Avenue, Unley
> Phone:   8372 5117

The Unley Museum is open:
> Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:   10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
> Sunday:   1.30 PM to 4.30 PM

Click here to visit the Unley Museum's website

South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society

The South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society have a central library, run by volunteers, that holds South Australian, Australian, and international genealogy and heraldry information.

> Visit:   201 Unley Road, Unley
> Phone:   8272 4222
> Web:
Please note that South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society may charge for some services.


 Home Library Service

The Unley Libraries provide a free monthly library service to residents within The City of Unley who are housebound or unable to access the Library due to health problems. The Service is also available to aged care and disability residential organisations.

This service relies on the support of dedicated volunteers who select and deliver library resources.

For further information phone 8372 5137.


 Business Resource Collection

The Unley Libraries provide a collection of resources for local businesses and people starting a business. The business collection is located at Unley Civic Library, 181 Unley Road, Unley.

Some useful sites for business:

Some useful sites for job seekers:


 Internet Access and Training

The Unley Libraries provide free access to the Internet at the Unley Civic Centre and Goodwood libraries. Book your PC here

The Civic Centre Library and the Goodwood Library also provide free wireless access to the Internet.

Volunteers at the Civic Centre and Goodwood libraries can assist you to learn how to use the internet.
Bookings are essential by phoning:

  • The Unley Civic Centre Library on 8372 5100
  • The Goodwood Library on 8372 5166

Unley Libraries also provides a range of low cost computer courses as a part of our Digital Literacy Program. Visit our Computer Training page for more information.

 Multicultural Services

The Unley Libraries recognise the diversity of cultures and offers a broad range of materials in all community languages at Goodwood Library.

Specialist collections include :

  • Languages other than English including books, CDs, videos, magazines, DVDs
  • Adult English Literacy
  • Language Kits in languages other than English for self tuition

The My Language Portal website is especially designed for people from a non-English speaking background and contains links to information in many languages.

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