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Library services for further education students: Community and reciprocal borrowing schemes

University Reciprocal borrowing schemes

Enrolled at an interstate university and studying as an external or distance education student

If the university you are enrolled at does provide library services, check your orientation information about what these are or contact your institution’s library.

View a list of participating universities.


Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

University Community Membership

Not enrolled at a South Australian University but would like to borrow from one or more of them?

The following universities located in South Australia offer community membership which lets you borrow from their library. Note: There are licensing restrictions that limit access to electronic subscription resources.

If you are interested in this service view details of the university's website:


South Australian Public Libraries


South Australia has a network of over 140 public libraries. Whilst public libraries traditionally don't have an academic focus many can offer supplementary support such as their general reference collection, internet access, computer access, study spaces and programs to assist your study. 


Trove brings together resources relating to Australia from libraries, museums, archives, repositories, and other research and collecting organisations big and small. If your research involves historic newspapers articles, Trove provides access to digitised Australian newspapers up until 1954.

Trove is also a useful resource to search across Australian libraries, particularly public libraries, for information on current holdings of books, periodicals, and other resources and material.