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Where is Adelaide's Best Library?

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by Lucy M (subscribe)
A traveller and writer living in Adelaide.
Published August 20th 2011
As a newbie to Adelaide I have been having a busy time enjoying everything Adelaide has to offer. One of the best things I have done so far though is to join several local libraries, which can actually be a destination in themselves. You'll find one in every city council, but where can you find Adelaide's best library?



Libraries are not only great places to borrow books and DVDs, but libraries of today are real community hubs incorporating resource rooms, IT facilities and great events that are mostly free. If you've got kids you might know a great toy library, or maybe you've found one with great internet facilities.

Campbelltown Library has a good selection of books and DVDs. There are many computers for surfing, and some great relaxation areas as well. You can even 'borrow' an ipad to use within the library. One of the best parts of the library is the childrens book area, where an enormous tree is incorporated into the design of the room complete with interactive with light features for story time. Lots of other kids programmes are run in this area as well including 'Wriggle and Giggle' which is a rhyme time group for babies and toddlers. So if you've got young kids perhaps Campbelltown is the library for you.

Campbelltown Library Children's Area


Burnside Library is incoroprated into the Burnside council complex, which is handy if you need to pay your council rates or have a document witnessed by a Justice of the Peace. Burnside Library has an excellent selection of books including lots of new arrivals and some great areas where you can read or leaf through magazines. There is free public wifi throughout the building which you can log into once you join up, not to mention a great little cafe where you can get a cup of coffee after all that reading. You can also check out the notice board for a range of community events. If you like being close to shops or a cafe, then Burnside Library might be your top pick.

So, you can see that libraries have changed from the boring, quiet places that they used to be and are now lively spaces that are a pleasure to visit. So let us know which library you think is the best, as we begin looking for Adelaide's best library.
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Although I definitely wouldn't vote for the Seaford library as the best library with Adelaide, it definitely has some good facilities. It has laptop computers and iPads that you can hire to use while inside the library, and there is a huge range of dvds and cds available too. Hiring these free is far better than heading to the video store.

The library also has a decent sized toy library, that parents can use to make sure that kids never get tired of their toys. And you can also hire from the sports library too. This is great because the library is close to both a basketball and tennis court, and the beach down the road is great for playing beach cricket. The library means you can participate in a range of spots without having to spend your own money on things you don't do very often.

I also love the State Library on North Terrace. such a gorgeous building, and some great resources available.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Monday, 22nd of August @ 11:09 am
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By erica - reader
Monday, 29th of August @ 04:59 am
I agree with Natasha, I love the State Library and love the atmosphere there. I havent seen any other libraries in Adelaide, but I do like the Mt Gambier one alot. With its cafe, the cave creation in the childrens section and just the open planned layout.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Monday, 29th of August @ 06:38 am

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