About the Library


The Library is located in Building B at Magill. Collection strengths include Social Sciences and Education.

  • Level 2, Building B, St Bernards Road, Magill, South Australia 5072 | map


    Floor Plan
    Main Wing
    East Wing


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  • There is a service point opposite the main entrance of the library – pick up the phone and call the number listed on the monitor for Library or IT help. Staff can assist over the phone, by video call or in person.

    You can also get help from wherever you are in the Library by phone, email or chat using the Ask the Library Service.

    Watch the video on how to get help in the Library.

  • Self-Check Machines
    All items, apart from laptops, can be borrowed at the self-check machines. There are two machines located to the left of the library entrance.

    Requests can be collected from the item request shelf on the low shelving next to the self-check machines and borrowed at any self-check machine.


    • Items from any campus, apart from laptops, can be returned through the returns chute.
    • The chute is located just outside the library entrance, on the left hand side.
    • Oversized items that do not fit in the return chute can be returned during opening hours using the self-check machine: use the service point if you need assistance

    Laptop loans
    Laptops can be borrowed and returned using the self-service unit located in the East Wing, to the right of the entrance up the steps.

  • There are a variety of spaces in the library for teaching, individual study and group work. See the Study Spaces page for more information.

    Collaborative teaching spaces: East Wing B2-52A and B2-52B

    Training room: Central Wing A2-07

    Computer pools: Central Wing and East Wing mezzanine

    Study rooms: Central Wing and North Wing

    Silent study zones: Training Room A2-07

    Group Study zones: Central Wing and North Wing

    Informal zones:

    • Australian Cultural Lounge (Central Wing)
    • Student Lounge (West Wing)
    • Rooftop Terrace (North Wing)
  • Printers (photocopying/scanning)
    Printers are in the Central Wing

    The following stationery equipment and supplies are provided for student use:

    • Staplers, binder, guillotine and hole punch: on a table near the printers
  • Colin Thiele Library
    The Library at Magill is named in honour of Colin Thiele, acclaimed author, educator and principal of one of the University’s predecessor institutions.
    Joan Brewer Wing

    The East Wing was named in 2005 for Joan Brewer AM in continuing recognition by the University of South Australia of her achievements in the fields of education, librarianship and women's affairs. Mrs Brewer was the first Librarian of a predecessor of UniSA, the Western Teachers College, and established the first Department of Librarianship at Adelaide Teachers College. From 1991 until its closure in 2004 the Library of the Underdale campus of UniSA was named the Joan Brewer Library.

    Dr Kerri Allan Room
    The Adaptive Technology Suite is dedicated to Dr Kerri Allen (1957-2003), who was a UniSA manager and chaired the University’s Disability Advisory Group. She was instrumental in establishing the Adaptive Technology Suites. The suites aim to improve access to the University for students with disabilities and are a legacy in keeping with Dr Allen’s commitment to equity.