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Be Honest - Are we living in cultural harmony?


On Saturday 24 March you have the opportunity to ask the hard questions. 

Borrow a Living Book
This is your opportunity to ask those cultural questions you haven't known how to ask.  Book a 45 minute session with a person of cultural significance to have an honest discussion. Each session will be a small group of up to five people for 45 minutes.

Saturday 24 March, 10.15am, 11.15am & 12.15pm
Unley Civic Library

181 Unley Road, Unley
Free, bookings essential, phone 8372 5100 or book online

Attend a Panel Discussion
Acting Mayor Peter Hughes invites you to attend a cultural discussion where we ask the hard questions. Are we living in cultural harmony? Eight panelists comprising seventeen cultures and faiths will answer honestly with the aim to communicate some of the challenges and achievements of our community.

Saturday 24 March, 2 - 3pm
Unley Town Hall

Oxford Terrace, Unley
Free, bookings essential, phone 8372 5100 or book online.

Add your voice to the Vox Pop
This is your chance to voice your point of view. Do we have cultural harmony? What are the key ingredients for harmony? What are the benefits of a multicultural society? You will have three minutes on our Vox Pop ('voice of the people') camera to talk about our community, our cultures and you. If you have a special item of cultural significance in your family, please bring it along and share its importance.

Thursday 22 March, 10am - 7pm
Saturday 24 March, 10am - 3pm
Unley Civic Library

181 Unley Road, Unley
Free, no bookings required. Free barista hot beverages available all day.

Readers Advisory Lounge

Don't forget our Readers Advisory Lounge! Here you will find lists of new items, award winning titles and our Check this Out staff recommendations. A great place to start your hunt for your next great experience.


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.


If you have any feedback you would like to let our staff know, you are welcome to contact us via our feedback form. Please mention the Libraries in your comments to make sure it makes its way to us.

For suggestions to purchase items for the Libraries, please use the Suggest a Purchase form.


We have a huge variety of items available for loan in our Libraries and online. Visit our catalogue for full details on what we hold or see below for some of the online resources available.

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

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.  Please note that all requests are subject to our collection development policy and budget constraints.

Readers Advisory 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. Lots of recommendations to read from our staff and other tools to explore.


Unley Libraries offers a range of core services to our community, including digital literacy programs, school visits and our Home Service.

Reboot is Unley Libraries digital literacy program. Reboot is designed to spark your learning, improve your confidence and help you get the most out of the latest technology. get ready to learn in a fun, relaxed and interactive way.
Go to Reboot.
  • 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.

  • 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


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    & printing

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    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.


There are many events and programs available for your education and enjoyment in the Libraries.
Please see below.

Please note: some events have a cost or require booking, please read the event description for details.

Be Honest - Are we living in cultural harmony?

Please see below for the range of events happening on Saturday 24 March.
  • Harmony Day 2018 - Be Honest - Are we living in Cultural Harmony?
    Be honest. Are we living in cultural harmony?

    This year we are celebrating Harmony Day with a series of cultural opportunities. 
    • Borrow a Living Book and ask those cultural questions you have always wanted to ask.
    • Acting Mayor Peter Hughes invites you to attend a cultural discussion where we ask the hard questions.
    • And a chance to share your cultural point of view with our Vox Pop ('Voice of the People') camera.

    Please see below for further information and bookings.

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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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  • Kids eLibrary
    Unley Libraries is now offering access to two excellent eResources for children and parents.
    Favourite Australian stories read by our best storytellers
    eBooks and Read-a-long stories for children. Explore what is available with just your Unley Libraries card.
  • 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
  • Young Writers' Group
    Our group meets once a month on a Monday to talk about books, practise writing and share stories. 

    4 - 5.30pm
    Unley Civic Library Youth Area

    2018 dates

    19 February
    19 March
    16 April
    14 May
    4 June
    9 July
    6 August
    3 September
    24 September
    29 October
    26 November
    17 December (Christmas Party/End of Year celebration)

    No bookings required. 
    Please contact libraries@unley.sa.gov.au or call 8372 5100 for more information.


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 people 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

    The YU Zine for teens and tweens 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.

    Subscribe to receive the quarterly YU Zine via email here.
  • Read Write Create Programs

    Read Write Create

    We celebrate and promote the range of things young people like to read, create, play and learn. Be inspired and find like-minded people at one of our writing and creative groups or sessions. New members are always welcome! 

    Teen Writers' Group (12-17 years)

    Have you been looking to get into writing? Perhaps you want to find people who share the same passion as you. Come and join us as we share ideas, play games, and create characters and worlds of our very own. For ages 12-17 years.

    Thursdays 5.30 - 7.30pm, Unley Civic Library (Youth Area) 
    22 February        
    22 March        
    19 April
    17 May        
    14 June
    Free, no bookings required. Please bring writing materials and drinking water. Snacks provided. For more information email libraries (at) unley.sa.gov.au or phone 8372 5100.

    Creative Writers' Group (18-25 years)

    Is your imagination full of peculiar contraptions? Cantankerous dwarves? Catapulting orcs? Or maybe you just like to express the drama and hilariousness of real life in writing. Join our monthly group as we share our projects, play with words, dream up characters, and stretch our imaginations. For ages 18-25 years.

    Thursdays 5.30 - 7.30pm, Unley Civic Library (Youth Area)

    1 February        
    1 March        
    29 March
    26 April        
    24 May        
    21 June

    Email us at libraries (at) unley.sa.gov.au or phone 8372 5100 if you have any questions, or to let us know you are interested in coming along to any of our meetings.
  • 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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