About the Library

Community Membership

‘Community’ borrowers include members of the public, Adelaide School of Art, Carnegie Mellon, William Light Institute, Audit, OUA students not studying a course with UniSA, reciprocal and ULANZ reciprocal borrowers.

For further information about community borrowing please contact Ask the Library.

  • Members of the community: free

  • To register visit the Library between 8.30am-6.00pm Monday - Friday.

    You will need to bring photo ID including address.

  • 12 months from the date of application.

    • Up to 20 items
    • Access to Main collection (14 day loan)
    • Main collection items are automatically renewed for up to 10 weeks unless requested by another patron.
    • Items requested by other patrons will be recalled.
    • Check myLibrary to keep up to date when items are due for return
    • Main collection
    • Selected electronic resources and the Internet using the computers and online resources
    • Print journals
    • Students and staff of our University have priority access to the computers in the Library. Use by the community is based on 'guest access' availability
    • Guest access to the internet is available in the Library to all members of the community on one designated computer at City East | City West | Magill | Mawson Lakes and Whyalla
    • Due to restrictions on database use by the vendors of these products, guests will be asked to provide photographic identification (drivers licence or other documentation)
    • The Library will record the following contact details: name, address, the date and time of use
    • Guests may view and/or download contents only from electronic resources provided such use is for studying, teaching or research purposes, does not constitute sequential and systematic downloading of an unreasonable volume of licensed content or amount to or result in commercial distribution.
    • For further information please Ask the Library
  • Physical items can be returned at any UniSA library via internal or external returns chutes.

    For locations of returns chutes and more about the facilities at each of our campus Libraries please see the Campus Libraries pages.

  • Library fines are applied for non-returned, lost or damaged items to encourage the return of items by their due date and allow for equitable access to resources.


    Each overdue item is invoiced for $110 Lost Item Replacement fee.

    This fee is separate to any overdue fines accrued and will need to be paid if the item is not returned.


    Return your overdue item; then you will only be liable for any associated overdue fines.

    If you have lost the item please contact Ask the Library.


    Overdue main collection recalled items will accrue fines at $2 per day overdue. Main collection items that continue to be overdue are invoiced at 28 days.

    You can pay fines in person, by phone or by mail:

    • On campus: all payments for both cash and credit card can be paid at Campus Central (all credit card payments must be made either by Visa or MasterCard)
    • By phone: contact Ask the Library on 1300 137 659 to pay via credit card (Visa or MasterCard)
    • By mail: cheques and money orders should be posted to:

    Library Administration
    GPO Box 2471
    Adelaide SA

    Please note: Library fees cannot be paid by WebPay, Post BillPay or Bpay.


    Library staff will consider all legitimate concerns relating to fees.

    Reasons that do not constitute a basis for dispute include:

    • lack of knowledge of Library policy
    • unwillingness to take responsibility for material loaned to a third party
    • forgetting the due date
    • non-receipt of weekly activity notices via email or in the mail
    • email inbox was full
    • disagreement with Library penalty policy
    • returning items to non-UniSA libraries by mistake
    • not being on campus
    • on study period breaks, summer vacation or on placement
    • changed opening hours
  • Subject guides help you locate relevant information and resources.