Library air conditioning upgrade

From 1 July, the air conditioning in the library is being replaced.

This will require closures to large sections of the library and will limit access to collections, spaces and services.

Works will go for approximately 2-3 months – however, this timing is subject to change.

We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your co-operation and understanding during this time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the library 

Frequently asked questions:


When will the library be closed?

The re-opening of the library after the South Australian  July 2021 COVID-19 lockdown has been delayed to give our air conditioning project team additional time to complete the central area of the library. The library will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 3 August 2021.

This will remove the need for further library closures on 7 and 8 August.

This closure is needed to safely allow contractors to access the central area of the library, including the customer service desks, holds shelf and self service check outs, to replace the air conditioning units. We can’t safely allow any members of the public into this space at the time of these works, therefore we need to close.

The external chutes will not be open for returns until Tuesday 3 August.

What areas will change in the library?

There will be two main stages in the project, as well as a short closure period:

Stage 1 - western end:

The fiction and relaxed reading area end of the library will be closed.

Timing: 4-6 weeks

View the map to see where collections are located.

Stage 2 - eastern end:

From the TopPicks! shelves to the children’s end of the library, area will be closed. 

Timing: 4-6 weeks

What will be available in each stage?

Stage 1:

Available Unavailable
Computer Training Rooms Relaxed Reading Area
Printing kiosk and AutoLoader      Lounge Seating Area
Children's area Study spaces
Café seating within the library

Limited computers available with one hour bookings.

Printing, photocopying and scanning available.

Adult Fiction: Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical, Westerns
Adult Non-Fiction 000 - 699, and 800 - 899
Large Print: Adult Non-Fiction
Audiobooks: Non-Fiction, Historical, Fantasy
Graphic Novels (Adult/Teen) and Anime DVDs
People & Places
Local History



Stage 2:

Available Unavailable
Relaxed Reading Area Computer training rooms
Lounge Seating Area Children's area
Café seating within the library      Study spaces



Limited computers available with one hour bookings.

Limited printing, photocopying and scanning available.

Adult Non-Fiction: 700-999
Local History


Will I still be able to...

Borrow or return books?

The library will remain open throughout the majority of the project. Our collection may be limited during this time, but there will still be plenty of items to browse and borrow. We encourage you to borrow in bulk and have extended loan periods to nine weeks for items borrowed from 15 June (excluding TopPicks! items).

You will be able to return books 24/7 using either our external or internal chutes. During Stage 2, our external chutes will only be open after-hours and will be closed during the day due to accessibility issues. During this time, you will still be able to return your books using our internal chutes. 

Pick up my holds?

Yes, you will be able to access the holds shelves during opening hours throughout Stage 1 & 2.

Use the computers?

Yes, but availability may be limited and will be restricted to one hour blocks.

We encourage you to book a computer online to guarantee access.

Print, photocopy or scan documents?

Yes, in both Stage 1 & 2 there will be access to printing and scanning services. There may be a wait for these services as availability will be limited.

Have a coffee at Bake & Brew?

Yes, Bake & Brew will be open during their normal hours throughout the project (excluding any closure periods) but seating may be limited. 

Study or read?

There will be limited spaces for reading or studying. We recommend you call the library on 8397 7333 prior to your visit.

Visit the Toy Library?

The Toy Library will be open during Stage 1 and closed during Stage 2. The Toy Library is closed during the school holidays.

Visit the JP after hours?

The Justice of the Peace service will still operate on Monday and Wednesday evening and selected Saturdays.

Bookings are essential and can be made online.


Regular events and programs impacted

Mini Movers

Mini Movers will be on the road from 1 July, and running from multiple locations. Bookings essential, please check the website for your session's location.

Book a Mini Movers session

Digital Hub classes

Digital Hub classes will not be available, but you can still book a one-on-one session. Availability may be limited.

Family history

Family history sessions unavailable.

English literacy

English literacy classes unavailable.

School holiday programs

We will still be running limited school holiday programs from various locations during July.

Customer's safety and comfort

The safety and comfort of our customers is our top priority throughout the entire project. 

There will be barriers and hoarding to minimise dust and noise in the areas that are open to the public. 

To allow access to collections and computers there will be limited space for people to study and relax.

Areas of the library, the Community Learning Centre and Bake & Brew cafe seating area will have no heating during periods of the project - we urge customers to bring appropriate clothing to keep warm when using these areas.

We have also carefully considered accessibility requirements for customers as much as possible throughout our planning. For any areas that are not accessible, our friendly staff will be more than happy to assist.