State Library of South Australia

South Australia creates Australia’s largest public library network

The One Card Network project connecting more than 130 public libraries across South Australia has been completed, enabling customers to borrow and return items at these libraries with one library card.

One Card Network
Connecting more than 130 public libraries in South Australia

Arts Minister Jack Snelling congratulated the LGA and Councils for working towards the adoption of the new technology and he highlighted the new system's smartphone functionality.

"There's a smartphone app you can use to look up and reserve your favourite books and DVDs. When these become available, they're delivered straight to your library ready to be picked up," Mr Snelling said.

"It is the result of a unique collaboration between SA Councils, the Libraries Board of South Australia, Public Library Services, the Local Government Association, and library staff in more than 130 Council and school-community-based libraries across South Australia.

It will give South Australians access to one of the world's biggest book, DVD, CD & magazine collections with over 4 million items available via 24/7 access to an online catalogue where items can be looked up and reserved with a few clicks, either from home or at the local library."

Local Government Association President Mayor David O'Loughlin highlighted the savings to councils across SA as a result of the shared project between State and Local Government.

"It's been estimated that the implementation cost of the new shared system over 4 years will be at least $700,000 less than the cost of councils continuing to operate separate library management systems over the same length of time," Mayor O'Loughlin said.

The new system is set to boost the appeal of an already popular community service according to James Bruce AM, Chairman of the Libraries Board of South Australia.

"With libraries being one of the most visited public buildings in the State and having around 50 per cent of South Australians as members, we've made a great community service even better by expanding the range of items available and greatly improving convenience," Mr Bruce said.

"The success and size of our new library network has gained the attention of those who would like to emulate our approach in other places of the world."

Story by: Jon Bentick, Public Library Services

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