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.
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.
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.