The Library system comprises four branches holding more than a million books and journals, large electronic collections and a wide range of services and facilities to support the teaching and research interests of University staff and students.
The Central Library is the largest, and holds materials to serve the whole University community. The Law Library (housed in the same building) holds materials relevant to the law and legal studies courses offered by the University, and includes legislation, law reports and specialist books and journals.
There are extensive reading and study areas in all the libraries, and each library offers borrowing facilities to any student in the University.
In the Central Library and the branch libraries FindIt@Flinders (online catalogue) provides details of the books, periodicals and other materials held by each library. Training is offered in the use of the catalogue at the beginning of the academic year, and help is always available from the Information Desk. The catalogue also offers access to other South Australian university library catalogues, and most students are automatically registered to borrow from the libraries of the other universities in South Australia under the terms of the Reciprocal Borrowing arrangement.
The library offers a wide range of electronic services, including;
- a comprehensive range of databases and electronic journals
- computers in each library with internet and word processing capabilities
Facilities are provided for the use of microform and audio visual materials, while computers and photocopiers are also available for student use. Charges apply for photocopiers and laser prints. The photographic service is part of the multimedia unit in the Central Library.
Staff and students requiring materials not available on campus may take advantage of the document delivery service. This service can deliver items from around the world.
Tours of the libraries are arranged at the beginning of semester one, and new students should endeavour to attend one of these in order to familiarise themselves with the services. Try our new virtual tour.
Library staff are available at all times to assist students to make the best use of the library's resources. Copies of the library rules and a Guide to the Library are available at the Information Desk.