Readers lounge

Readers Lounge


Come in, have a seat, this is where you'll find a good book, hear about a great film, and find some tools to locate that next great read. Keep an eye out as the Lounge is going to expand.

If you have any book reviews, or suggestions for the Readers Lounge, don't hesitate to drop us a line via email , phone 8372 5100, or visit us in the Libraries and let us know. If you've found a great book, movie or resource, we'd love to hear about it.

New to the libraries

Looking for new items added to our library? Here are some lists linked directly to our catalogue to help you out.

New adult fiction

Looking for the latest stories added to the collection? Find them here.

New adult NonFiction

All the science, travel, sport, the new books about and how to do things.

New adult DVDs & Blu-rays

Latest films, documentaries and television series added to the collection.

Hot Speed Reads

These are our most popular items.
Hot Speed Reads are a special collection with special conditions of loan:

  • No reservations, if it is on the shelf, you can borrow it.
  • 10 day loan only. Please return on time.
  • One Hot Speed Read per card.

These conditions are in place to ensure a rapid turnover of items so many patrons can read the popular items fast, without having to wait on long reservation queues. However, if you prefer not to borrow the Hot Speed Read edition, for every HSR in the collection there another copy in the catalogue available for normal loan.

All New Unley Libraries Items

Everything new in our collection added in the last 30 days.


Check This Out!


Are you ever stuck on knowing what you want to read next? Is hunting down a good book a daunting task? Can't find a good movie? Want to know what television series to tackle next? Is there never enough time?

This is the place for you. Here you will find lists of recommendations, author lists, award lists, books and movies staff have enjoyed and tools to help you find that next good experience. 


Good Reading Magazine

'Everyone needs a good book. Good Reading Magazine helps readers around the country find the best and most interesting books to read from decorated and breakout writers from here and around the globe. Since 2001 we’ve been at the forefront of Australian literary critique, playing guide to millions of readers. If you’re in search of good books to read, look no further than the pages of our magazine.

One of Australia’s most prominent book review websites, we deliver independent critique, review and insight for book worms across the country. We go beyond the bestseller’s list, helping you discover the hidden gems that too frequently slip past. Take out a subscription today and gain fresh insight into the book world, all the while knowing you’re supporting Australian books and writers.'

Staff Recommendations


These sites are recommended by our staff as a great source of reviews and information, in no particular order.


The Australian Arts Review


Australian Online Bookshop for Australian Fiction
Better Reading
The Book Club (Australia, as seen on ABC)
Fantastic Fiction (UK)
Good Reading Magazine (Australia)
Library Thing
Which Book (UK)
Booklist (US) (Temporary free access)


Movies & Television

Internet Movie Database
Rotten Tomatoes
TV Tonight
Urban Cinefile

Awards & Prizes

The best of the best, local, state, national and international awards, these are the books and films to get your hands on.


South Australia

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature - South Australian and Australian literature


The Prime Minister's Literary Award - outstanding literary talent
Miles Franklin Award - awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases
The Australian/Vogel Literary Award - Australian unpublished manuscript
Aurealis Award - Australian speculative fiction
The Stella Prize - Australian women's fiction


Nobel Prize for Literature - literary accomplishment
The Man Booker Prize - literary fiction
Franz Kafta Prize - contemporary literature
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction - fiction written by women


Australian Authors (story not set in Australia)

New Adult

Fiction for those in their twenties.

John Allison 
Claudia Gray
Josh Kilmer Purcell 
Rainbow Rowell 
Neel Shah


Our special collections

We have a number of specialist collections in our Libraries, created to provide for special interests or meet particular needs.


Kindle eReaders

The City of Unley Libraries has Kindle eReaders for loan.

Each Kindle is loaded with bestseller titles and comes with a quick start guide to get you reading our ebooks with ease.

You can find a complete list of all the ebooks available on our Kindles on our catalogue.

Available for free on a 28 day loan with a limit of one Kindle per card. Please ask at the Libraries for further information.


Active ageing collection

The City of Unley has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as an Age Friendly City and Community and the Libraries continue to be an integral part.

Our new Active Ageing collection brings together diverse subjects of interest, including retirement, health and general wellbeing that can be of interest when tackling the challenges of getting older.

Our catalogue can provide a full list of the collection, or you are welcome to visit Unley Civic Library to peruse the collection yourself. Never hesitate to ask any of our staff for assistance either in the Libraries or over the phone.

Search our Active Ageing Collection


Our book club sets

We support a large number of book clubs. if you are looking to start a book club, do please contact us, but if you are just looking for something to read, our list of book club titles might spark some interest. You can not borrow as an individual from the book club collections, but you can find the titles in our main collection and borrow or reserve a copy there.

We have a full list of our Book Club titles on Goodreads.