From Monday the 22nd November access to City East, Magill and Mawson lakes Library buildings will be by UniSA ID card only.


About the Library


Changes to Study Room bookings

On Thursday 6 May the Library will be transitioning to a new Study Room booking system. To accomodate the transition, room bookings will be unavailable for Thursday 6 May. Rooms will still be available in-person on a first come, first serve basis and you will still need to adhere to the two hours per day booking limit. Room bookings will be available again from Friday 7 May and any bookings made prior to the transition will be migrated across to the new system.

CSIRO Transformative Agreement Read & Publish

UniSA researchers can now publish research articles for free as open access in selected CSIRO-owned journals, through a transformative agreement between UniSA and CSIRO Publishing.

Globally, transformative agreements are being used as a way for the research community, academic libraries and scholarly publishers to work together to find a financially viable path to transition to an open access publishing model.

The three year pilot agreement enables UniSAcorresponding authors to publish accepted articles Open Access in the following CSIRO Publishing-owned journals:

  • Animal Production Science
  • Australian Journal of Botany
  • Australian Journal of Chemistry
  • Australian Journal of Zoology
  • Australian Systematic Botany
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Marine and Freshwater Research
  • Soil Research

Articles will be able to be read immediately worldwide without restriction or need for subscription authentication. UniSA staff and students will also continue to have access to read thousands of full-text articles published by CSIRO Publishing.

UniSA authors will not need to do anything to set up their article as open access. Submission and peer-review will be conducted as it is done now through Scholar One, to expected international standards. Authors will be identified post-acceptance by their UniSA staff Ringgold ID and email domain and advised of their eligibility to publish open access under the agreement.

UniSA staff and students will also continue to have access to read all full-text articles published by CSIRO Publishing in the above journals as well as the following:

  • Australian Health Review
  • Australian Journal of Primary Health
  • Australian Mammalogy
  • Crop & Pasture Science
  • Functional Plant Biology
  • Historical Records of Australian Science
  • International Journal of Wildland Fire
  • Invertebrate Systematics
  • Pacific Conservation Biology
  • Rangeland Journal
  • Reproduction Fertility & Development
  • Sexual Health
  • Wildlife Research

The Library will be seeking further transformative agreements with other publishers in alignment with UniSA’s Open Access policy and the ethos of Plan S.

Access Engineering

The library is pleased to announce that the database Access Engineering by McGraw Hill is now available and can be found via our database page on the Library website. This has been made available due to a recent successful trial and positive feedback.

Access Engineering Includes:

  • Over 700 engineering e-books including leading textbooks and engineering reference titles such as: Schaum's Outlines, Davis' Water and Wastewater Engineering, the Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Perry's Standard Handbook for Chemical Engineers 
  • Spreadsheet calculators for 500+ common engineering equations 
  • 900+ instructional videos offering step-by-step solutions to everyday engineering problems 
  • 4000+ interactive graphs and downloadable tables 
  • DataVis™, an award-winning interactive data visualization tool, specifically designed for teaching material properties 

For an overview of site features please view an Introductory video (3:58).

If you would like more information about this database please contact Ask the Library.

LibKey Nomad

Get the PDF of your reference with one click!

LibKey Nomad™ is a browser extension that makes it easy to access journal articles anywhere on the internet. Once activated you’ll know Nomad is working when it starts adding download links in real-time to web pages. 

Just go to to download.

Click here to learn more about LibKey Nomad.

  • Once you install the add-on, you will be prompted to activate LibKey Nomad™. Start by searching for "University of South Australia" in the Select Institution box:
    Search for institution
  • LibKey Nomad™ will then confirm you have successfully chosen your institution:
    Institution confirmed
  • With the Nomad extension activated you will see direct links to relevant articles and PDFs load in real-time on websites such as Wikipedia with the following icon:
    Nomad download PDF
  • Click the icon link and login with your UniSA credentials if asked. You will then have access to the content you’ve requested!
  • Example of what you can expect to see:

Example LibKey Nomad


BrowZine lets you browse, locate, access and compare different journal sources by title or discipline, including tables of contents and articles. In terms of coverage, BrowZine™  works with most publishers globally to support visualisation and integration, and where they don’t, links are still provided as the service is based on all journals holdings from the library catalogue (apart from print).

Access BrowZine here or access it any time from the “Journals” link in the catalogue menu bar.

How to install BrowZine for your mobile device:
  1. Download BrowZine: From your Android, iOS or Kindle Fire Device, visit the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store. Search for "BrowZine" and download the app to your device. (If you have previously been using BrowZine with our Open Access Library, please delete the app and reinstall it.)
  2. Access BrowZine: Tap on the app icon to open BrowZine. A list of libraries will appear, please select University of South Australia.  Enter your credentials, these will be the same used for remote access. 
  3. Start browsing! Use the Subject dropdown menu to browse by subject categories or our Titles A-Z to find a specific title by name. 

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