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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published March 25th 2014
A library with a view
Adelaide has a new library set high among the roof tops.

Views across the Adelaide skyline
Views across the Adelaide skyline


City Library lift entrance
City Library lift entrance


It opened on the 4th of February, 2014, replacing the old location associated within the State Library complex on North Terrace.

What a setting the new City library has; it is ultra modern and features digital hubs, media hubs, an innovation lab, and a history hub.

Digital resources
Digital resources


It is already a hit with a huge number of visitors; loads of city workers with their iPads and laptops live here. Young students and families alike enjoy the open spaces in the library as well.

Reading spaces
Reading spaces


Entrance
The entrance was a bit of a muddle, as I knew it was off Rundle Mall, but I thought you could enter via the new Rundle Place Shopping Mall. This is possible, but not signposted, I had to resort to asking several Harris Scarfe employees the way in; it is via a car park exit, and taking the lift to level 6.

The proper entrance is via Francis street, a laneway with some charming book decorations. I can't help thinking these will be a sodden mess after a while though. The Francis Street entrance has a lift or stairs, which go to level 3.

Francis Street, looking towards Rundle Mall
Francis Street, looking towards Rundle Mall


Entrance
Entrance


One Card.
The good news is that most of South Australia has adopted the One Card system.

This means you can borrow any book from any library on your library card and then return it to your home library. I was quite content to browse the shelves knowing I could borrow if I needed to.

Views across the roof tops
Views across the roof tops


The Layout



The layout can best be described as bold, new and innovative. There are quiet spaces to sit and read, large spaces to spread out and tables to sit and study at with a large amount of computers for online work.

Libraries are communal spaces. This design cleverly weaves the need for technology with privacy. However it is hard not to hear your neighbours sometimes, especially when they are two feet away nattering to their mates. One young student bragged to his friend 'I'm a genius compared to everybody in my family'. A priceless comment.

Book art in the lane way of Francis Street
Book art in the lane way of Francis Street


The City Library also has an artist in residence program, speakers on books and writing, and it is suggested to just bring along your lunch and read in the shade of the outdoor reading room.

Outdoors; the Library above the rooftops. There are fantastic views across the skyline of Adelaide or down to the ant like figures of Rundle Mall. The outdoor areas feature wall gardens; it is a smallish area, but well designed.

Outdoors at the library
Outdoors at the library


The City Library has won an Excellence in Design award from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia.

History Hub
History Hub


History Hub
For those wanting to research the past a online resource is provided.

These computers are provided for historical research purposes, allowing the public to utilise the Adelaide library History Hub website.

The library in action
The library in action


As always, if in doubt about anything, ask a librarian! They are very helpful and if they don't know something, they sure know where to look.

The view down to Rundle Mall
The view down to Rundle Mall


Library with a view
Library with a view

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Why? All your library needs are in one convenient location
When: Monday / Tuesday / Thursday: 10.00 am 6.00 pm Monday / Tuesday / Thursday: 10.00 am 6.00 pm Wednesday: 10.00 am 7.00 pm Friday: 10.00 am 8.00 pm Saturday: 10.00 am 5.00 pm Sunday: 12.00 pm 5.00 pm Public Holidays Closed - See more at: htt
Where: Francis Street, off Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
Great article! I must stop in for a look :)
by Paula McManus (score: 3|2666) 1337 days ago
A library with a secret entrance! How delightful.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|3754) 1334 days ago
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