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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.

Case study: The University of Ballarat is currently on the list of participating universities as is Adelaide, Flinders, and Uni SA - if you are a University of Ballarat student you should be able to register and borrow from Uni SA, Adelaide and Flinders 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:


TAFE reciprocal borrowing scheme

Borrowers from other TAFE libraries

TAFE SA Libraries also participate in the TAFE Libraries National Reciprocal Borrowing Scheme which allows students and staff of all TAFE Institutions to borrow materials in person from any other TAFE library in any other state. Under this scheme, non-SA TAFE borrowers may:

  • borrow up to 5 books/serials at a time (NB items in high demand may be restricted or unavailable at various times)
  • Photocopying – at cost price – ask staff for a generic photocopying card

Visit TAFESA Library for more information.

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 internet access, computer access, study spaces and programs to assist your study.