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Using the Library Catalogue

 Our online catalogue contains information for virtually all material held by the Library.

It brings together the Library's published, ephemeral, archival and pictorial collections in one search. The catalogue contains titles and details of:

  • books
  • periodicals and magazines
  • newspapers
  • business, society and personal archives
  • film
  • video
  • sound recordings including oral history
  • maps
  • electronic resources
  • photographs and art works
  • selected theatre programs
  • leaflets, flyers and advertising material for a variety of organisations, societies, clubs and other groups
  • menus and calendars from the ephemera collections
  • references to articles and illustrations from selected periodicals and newspapers, and to chapters and sections of selected books and pamphlets.

These materials are held by or are accessible from the Library. The catalogue gives information about collection locations within the building, or off-site, and item call numbers. It also indicates which issues and dates the Library holds of periodical and newspaper titles.

Searches can be done across the entire catalogue or can be limited to particular categories of material, such as pictorial items (photographs, art works and posters) or types of publication, such as magazines, journals and newspapers. Use the drop down menu from the box on search screens with the label 'View entire collection' to access these options.

Accessing materials in the collection

While much of the material listed in the catalogue is available on the open access shelves in the general reading areas, items in other parts of the collection need to be requested from the Library's storage areas via:

  • the 'Request' button in the catalogue
  • by asking our staff at the Information Desk when you see "ASK AT DESK".

Heritage materials are delivered to the Somerville Reading Room. Entry to the room is by means of a Reader's Ticket issued at the Information Desk free of charge on presentation of proof of identity including your current address.

Learn more about the retrieval process, delivery times and locations.


Additional Catalogue Features

Fulltext resources

As well as options to search the Library's own collections the catalogue offers opportunities to expand searches to resources available in fulltext, especially fulltext articles in over 13,000 magazine and newspaper titles. Click on Find a fulltext article under Find more information on the right hand side of the catalogue screen to explore this option.

Finding more information via the links provided in the catalogue

When you search the catalogue you may find links to additional resources, allowing an expanded search. These can be accessed by clicking 'More on your Topic' and 'More information on this item'. Current sources include:

  • Trove - Australia's cultural collections including newspapers, maps, images, archives, film, sound & much more.
  • SA Memory - a multimedia website highlighting South Australia's people, places, issues and events from the colony's beginnings to now. Including manuscripts, photographs, art works, architectural plans, posters, newspaper articles, printed ephemera, maps and sound recordings.
  • eResources
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Google Books
  • Our Library Guides
  • Reviews and table of contents
  • and much more!

More Information

Still need help?

To make the most of the opportunities provided by these rich and diverse resources, please Ask Us if you cannot find what you are looking for or if you need some help to find more information on your topic or area of interest.

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