Can't find it?
So, you've scoured the library catalogue and you can't find what you are looking for. What do you do next?
There are three main possibilities:
- Suggest the Unley Libraries purchase the item - this is good for recent and new releases.
- Interlibrary loan - perhaps we can get it for you somewhere outside the Libraries SA network?
- Purchase - this is outside our services, but we do have a few suggestions.
Suggest a purchase
The Libraries are continually purchasing new items. Using this form you can suggest a particular item you would like us to purchase. Please make sure you have fully searched for the item on our catalogue. If you need assistance with this form, please ask a staff member to help you.
If a title is purchased, it will be placed on hold for you. If we are unable to purchase the item, a message will be left on your card.
Please note: we cannot accept requests for items with an unknown release date, or a release date greater than three months away. This includes DVDs/Blu-rays where the film is still currently in cinemas.
If an item can not be found within the Libraries SA network, we can attempt to source it for you by borrowing it from the State Library of South Australia, university libraries, specialty libraries and interstate libraries. Each of these have their own requirements you must be aware of.
Interlibrary loan items are often very special or hard to find, so please take extra care of these items. The owning library will often have very high fees if the item is lost or damaged.
Journal articles can also be interlibrary loaned electronically. Depending upon the type of library involved a fee may apply. We recommend a general search on the internet first, occasionally we have found obscure articles online for free.
State Library of South Australia
The State Library of SA is a reference only library, therefore does not allow lending of its items. However, we can request some items to be sent to our Libraries where you can view the item within our buildings. State Library items can not be taken home.
Some State Library items are only for viewing at the State Library and are not available for interlibrary loan. Further information can be found on the State Library website.
To place a request for an interlibrary loan from the State Library of South Australia:
- Speak to a staff member at any of our libraries either in person or over the phone.
- We will submit the request on your behalf
- We will notify you when the item arrives at our Libraries. Delivery times can vary from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
- Usually the item can be held within our Libraries up to a month. Extensions of this time can be requested, subject to approval from the State Library.
- The item is not to be taken home. It may be viewed within the Libraries only.
- Interlibrary loans from the State Library of South Australia are free.
University, specialty & interstate libraries
We can interlibrary loan items from across the country from many different types of libraries.
We highly recommend searching the Trove website provided by the National Library of Australia (NLA). This is a wonderful resource showing items held by the NLA, university libraries and other libraries around Australia.
To place a request for an interlibrary loan from one of these libraries:
- Speak to a staff member at any of our Libraries either in person or over the phone.
- We will submit the request on your behalf.
- We will notify you when the item arrives at Unley Libraries. Delivery time can vary depending on item availability and courier/postal demands.
- Some items may be borrowed and taken home, while some items may have loan restriction and the item may need to be viewed within the Libraries only.
- Interlibrary loans from these libraries incur a fee:
- $18.50 for electronic delivery (journal articles)
- $28.50 for general book loans
Purchase an item
If the library networks are unable to provide the item you are looking for, there are some specialty booksellers that may be worth a look.
Trove sometimes provides a link to a bookseller holding an item. Search for the item and open its record. You are looking for a 'Buy' tab. Not all books will have a 'buy' tab, but it is worth a look. In that tab, Trove will give you some suggestions of booksellers who might be able to source the item.
Book Depository offers an international collection of millions of books. Well worth a search.
Booko is a great resource for books and DVDs, both new and secondhand.