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How to join a library

You can join a library online or in-person for free at one of our five library branches.

If you already have a One Card, you do not need to join. You can use your One Card at any library in the Libraries SA network.

To join a library, you need to:

  • provide photo ID as a proof of identity and address (driver's licence, proof of age card, or 2 forms of personal identification with your name and addresss, like Health Care Card or utility bill)
  • be over 18 years of age or have a parent/guardian sign up for you
  • agree to our terms and conditions which can be found in the branch or on the online registration form.

One Card

You can use your One Card at more than 130 libraries in South Australia to access millions of books, CDs and DVDs.

Charles Sturt Libraries are part of South Australia's One Card network. If you are a member of another library on the One Card network, you can browse and borrow from our collection. If you've moved to a new area, let our library team know so we can update your account details.

Search the library catalogue

You can search our library catalogue to find thousands of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, eBooks, audiobooks and more.

Your account and PIN

You can log in to your account on the library catalogue home page or through the Libraries SA app.

Your username is your library card number eg X0123456789. 
Your library PIN is your password. This is a 4 digit number allocated at time of joining.

Log in to your account to:

  • view personal information, checkouts and holds
  • change your PIN from your account screen
  • opt-in to access your borrowing history. **new**

If you have any questions, please check with your local library or call 8408 1333.

Borrowing Items

You can borrow as many as 100 physical items for a period of four weeks for books, and two weeks for DVDs, CDs and Magazines. Limits of 20 items apply for DVDs, CDs and magazines.

Returns, renewals, overdue and lost/damaged items


You can return your items to any Charles Sturt Library location: Civic (Woodville), Findon, Hindmarsh, Henley Beach or West Lakes. The Charles Sturt Library Service has 24 hour return chutes outside each of our library locations. You can also return books to any SA Public Library on the One Card network.

If you have borrowed items from our online library, such as eBooks or eAudiobooks, items are returned automatically after 28 days.

If you think that you will not be able to return your items on time, you may be able to renew/extend your loans (see below).

Renewing loans

You can renew library books for up to two more times, but only if there are no other people waiting to borrow them. The renewal period is the same as the original loan period. For example, a 4 week item can be renewed for an extra 4 weeks.

To renew loans you can: 

  • log in to your account in our catalogue
  • use the Libraries SA app download here
  • call us on 8408 1333
  • come in to any One Card library and chat to our friendly team

Overdue and lost/damaged items

If you don't return an item on time, you'll receive a reminder. You can choose to hear from us by email or SMS.

If you don’t act on that reminder and the item remains overdue, the library that owns the book will send you a notice.

If the notice is issued by the Charles Sturt Library Service it will include:

  • replacement cost of the item/s
  • a $5 processing fee for each item

If the items are returned after this final notice from the Charles Sturt Library, the fees are cleared and there is no charge to you.

If you have lost or damaged the item(s), you will need to pay the entire fee or pay the $5 processing fee and replace it with another item (strict criteria applies for what items we will accept so please chat with staff first).

Please note: Each library in the One Card network may have different borrowing rules. Please chat with your local library team if you would like further information.

Paypal for Fees or Lost Items

Did you know you can now use PayPal to pay your library fees, including from some libraries outside of Charles Sturt? Simply log into your account via our catalogue, select the Fines tab to see your oustanding fees then press the Paypal button underneath the items.

If you have any questions, chat with one of our friendly library staff members.

Please note you do not need a PayPal account to use this service. Learn more here about using PayPal.

Need help?

Call 8408 1333

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