Special collections

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 have 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. Choose from our two sets of adult Kindles, or try our youth edition for teens and young adults (borrowers aged under 15 years are required to borrow on a parent/guardian card).

You can find a complete list of all the eBooks available on our Kindles via 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.

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't 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. 

More information on our book clubs.

If you want to start your own book club, our Browse & Borrow book sets are available to all borrowers. Simply choose a set from the shelf at Unley Library and see staff to check them out. Each set contains 8 copies of the same book and must be borrowed and returned together.

Browse & Borrow book set title list

Burial rites by Hannah Kent
The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger
Cat's cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Dark matter by Blake Crouch
The invisible man by H.G. Wells
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
The kind worth killing by Peter Swanson
Leap by Myfanwy Jones
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
The light between oceans by M.L. Stedman
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
The natural way of things by Charlotte Wood
Nine perfect strangers by Liane Moriarty
The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The strays by Emily Bitto


Active ageing, dementia friendly & brain training collections

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 Active Ageing collection brings together diverse subjects of interest, including retirement, health and general wellbeing that can be helpful when tackling the challenges of getting older. We've also developed a Dementia Friendly collection, which includes a variety of insightful literature on the topic. Library staff are always ready to help you find what you're looking for, over the phone or in person.

If you're interested in developing your memory and cognition, our new Brain Training collection is full of resources aimed at improving the health of your brain. From biohacks to brain food, this collection brings you useful, everyday insights into the world of neuroscience.

Autism spectrum collection

We've added a blue and gold 'infinity' sticker to the books and resources in our library that are about autism so they are easy to spot on our shelves. You can browse these items or place a hold via our catalogue by searching for 'autism spectrum'. 

We have dedicated shelves in the parenting area at Unley Civic Library too—this is where you'll find books, sensory toys and resources for kids with autism or other developmental needs, and for their parents, families, and carers. Speak with our friendly staff if you need any assistance; we also welcome your feedback.

LGBTQ+ collection

Inclusivity and representation are important factors in how we manage our library collections. We're proud to share our LGBTQ+ collection with the community, which you can easily access via our library catalogue using the search term 'LGBTQ+'. As with all our collections, your feedback and suggestions are always welcome!

Dyslexia friendly

There are several ways to access dyslexia friendly resources; in our children's and teen areas, books are in 'Quick Reads' series boxes; by searching the catalogue for 'Dyslexic edition'; or if you prefer eBooks, Libby by Overdrive and BorrowBox have dyslexic font options. 

Sustainable living

The City of Unley is committed to working on a range of environmental initiatives to improve our City.

We have developed our Sustainable living collection to support individuals and families pursue sustainable practices in their day-to-day lives. Within the Sustainable living collection you can find environmentally mindful resources relating to homes, cooking, gardening, and green living as well as resources suitable for children. You can browse this collection and place holds on items via our catalogue by searching for  'Sustainable living'.


Children's collections 

Autism spectrum collection

We've put together some helpful resources to assist parents and carers with children who are on the Autism spectrum, or have other developmental needs. You'll find books for adults and kids, as well as kits containing sensory toys and other useful resources. Search for 'Autism spectrum' on our catalogue.

STEM collection

Support your child's development of STEM learning while encouraging reading at the same time! Our STEM collection will open your eyes to the variety of books on our shelves aimed at engaging the key skills that STEM disciplines foster. Search for 'STEM collection' on our catalogue to explore what's on offer.

Premier's Reading Challenge

Make completing the PRC easy! You can search our catalogue for 'PRC' and add R–2, 3–56–9 or 9–12 to narrow it down to your desired year level.

Culturally diverse

Explore the cultures of the world through the magic of stories. We've highlighted the books in our children's collections that celebrate cultural diversity. Take a look on our catalogue.

Aboriginal collection

Learn about aboriginal history, stories and culture.  Look for the Aboriginal flag sticker on the spine of the books.  Browse the collection on our catalogue.

The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA)

Each year, the CBCA celebrates Australian children's literature through their Book of the Year awards, as well as the much-loved Book Week! You can search for award winners as well as nominated titles by searching for 'CBCA' on our catalogue.