State Library of South Australia

Services for public libraries: Document delivery

 Document delivery from the State Library's collections

The Document Delivery Team places high priority on the prompt supply of books and photocopies from State Library collections to public libraries. In 1994 the joint CLASA/PLAIN/ State Library Document Delivery Working Party recommended the following performance agreement:

  • Delivery of articles identified by the requesting library as specific citations held by the State Library to be faxed or be processed ready for the courier by 5pm on the working day following receipt of the request.
  • Book requests to be processed ready for the courier or posted to the requesting library by 5pm on the working day following receipt of the request.
  • For urgent requests requiring faster than standard response times the State Library will meet shorter timelines as negotiated with the requesting library.

We meet these deadlines in over 99% of cases.

We recommend you use the Document Delivery for Public Libraries Form to submit your requests. Please submit the details for one item at a time on this form for both loan and copy requests.

You can still fax the PLSA request form to the Library (Fax: (08) 8207 7247), but using the web form reduces the work required by staff and allow us to respond more quickly.

 Conditions of use of inter-Library loan materials

Most State Library books are available for loan to public libraries for a 5 week period on the condition that they are read in the public library. If home use is required because of exceptional circumstances, please seek permission from State Library Document Delivery staff. Books on inter-library loan are usually sent through the courier system in blue plastic satchels.

 Materials available for inter-library loan

Most material with the following WebPAC locations is available for inter-library loan:

General Reference


McGuire Collection books


Hardy Collection books


a (small) size (orange shelves)
b & c (large) size (purple shelves)
c++ (outsize) (grey shelves)

a & b size   

a, b & c size




RGS (Royal Geographical Society)


a, b & c


Please contact the RGS Library directly


 Materials not available for inter-Library loan

Certain categories of material which are not available for loan include:

  • Archival material
  • Audio visual material
  • Car workshop manuals
  • Children's Literature Research Collection
  • "D" size books from all collections
  • English Language Unit ELLIS (English Language Learning and Improvement Service)
  • Family History Collection
  • General Reserve Collection
  • Government Publications
  • Hardy Specials
  • Items which are rare or difficult to replace (SLSA staff will advise)
  • Maps
  • Material in constant use (SLSA staff will advise)
  • Microfiche (although articles can be copied)
  • Microfilm (although articles can be copied)
  • McGuire Specials
  • Multivolume sets
  • National Film & Sound Archive Collection
  • Newspapers (although articles can be copied)
  • Periodicals both Reference and South Australiana (although articles can be copied)
  • Rare Books and Named Collections
  • Ready Reference material
  • South Australiana:
    • Pamphlets
    • Periodicals
    • Ready reference
    • Storage
    • Videos / DVDs

The decision as to what is or is not for loan from the General Reference Collection rests with the State Library staff.

 Copies from State Library collections

SA public libraries receive reduced price copies from State Library collections. If the cost of requests received on any one occasion is less than or equal to $5 (e.g. less than 17 A4 photocopied pages) the charge is debited to the central PLSA account to which all libraries contribute. If the amount is over $5 the individual public library will be charged with no component of the cost borne by PLSA.



Microfilm printing


Microfiche printing


A4 $0.30 per page
A3 $0.30 per page


A4 $0.60 per page
A3 $0.60 per page


A4 (only size available)


It is the public library's responsibility to keep on file signed copyright declaration forms in date order for 4 years.

Feedback & Contact

 From time to time you will receive a brief questionnaire with your document delivery item. Please return it with your comments. If problems arise please report them to the staff on the phone numbers listed at the end of this entry for immediate action.

Brief queries can be made during Library opening hours.

Phone: (08) 8207 7231

Phone: 1 800 182 013 (Country)

Fax: (08) 8207 7247

Email: (use this email for comments and queries about the service)

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