State Library of South Australia

Using the Library Catalogue

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

This integrated catalogue brings together the Library's published, ephemeral, archival and pictorial collections in one search.

The catalogue contains the titles and other 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.

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, either directly via the computer or by asking at the Information Desk. Heritage materials are delivered to the Somerville Reading Room. Entry to the Somerville Reading 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.

Click on the Retrieval information under Library Services in the box on the right hand side of the front screen of the catalogue for more detailed information about access to different parts of the Library's collections.

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.

More Information on your topic

This is a new service powered by WebBridge which links together resources from different sources when appropriate and allows users to expand their catalogue searches. Current sources include Libraries Australia and Picture Australia, national databases bringing together library collections and pictorial collections from across Australia, the free online version of Encyclopedia Britannica and Google Books. Click on 'More information on your topic' to access this service.


A link to the website is automatically created if an item is available for purchase from the site. This gives you access to previews of pages and reviews for items you have found in our collections. Click on 'Find this resource at'.

SA Memory

SA Memory is a multimedia website highlighting South Australia's people, places, issues and events from the colony's beginnings to now.

Manuscripts, photographs, art works, architectural plans, posters, newspaper articles, printed ephemera, maps, and sound recordings - you'll find a wide range of digitised archival and published items, building a rich picture of the state's culture and heritage.

Click on Find in SA Memory under Find more information to search this website.

Search other institutions

Click on the link in the catalogue to find

  • Any item held in virtually any Australian library under 'Trove'
  • A range of films, videos and sound recordings under 'National Film Sound Archive'
  • Maps and other cartographic material, including digital images, from Australia's map collections under 'Map Search'
  • Government records available at 'State Records of SA'
  • Items held in the collections of South Australian university and TAFE libraries

To make the most of the opportunities provided by these rich and diverse resources, please contact 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.

And, we welcome any feedback or ideas for making our catalogue even easier and more rewarding.

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