Joining and Borrowing

Becoming a Library Member

To join the Gawler Public Library you will be asked to fill in an application form and produce identification which has your current address and signature on it (e.g. driver's license).  If you are under the age of 18 your application form needs to be signed and submitted by a parent or guardian.  You will be issued with a Gawler Public Library membership card. Please bring your library card with you to borrow items. If you would like to borrow but do not have your library card, we will accept valid ID with your name, address and signature. Membership is renewed every 3 years so we will regularly ask you to update your information.

One Card Network

You can borrow and return items at more than 130 Public Libraries across SA with your Gawler Public Library card.
Visit Libraries of SA for more information about the 'one card' network, including participating libraries.

Loan Conditions 

Loan limits items per card:
There is a limit of 100 items in total per Library Card.
Of these 100 items 20 can be CDs, 20 DVDs and 20 Blu-rays
Loan Periods:
Books, spoken word, CD Roms - 4 weeks
Magazines, CDs, DVD, BluRay - 2 weeks
Express, high demand items attract different conditions.
Loan renewals are possible if the item is not overdue or requested by anyone else. 
You can do this on our Online Catalogue via email 
by Phone on 8522 9213 or by visiting the Library.
You are allowed a maximum of two renewals on each item.


To get the quickest access to the millions of items now available, simply go online and use the new reservation system to look up items and reserve them by logging in using your Library Membership Card and your PIN number 
Hint: your PIN is usually the last 4 digits of your phone number
You can place a reservation on any item that is currently in the library, on loan or on order.  
With our new centralised system you no longer have to seperately look up multiple library catalogues. 
Search for items on the Online Catalogue or via the public access catalogue computers in the library.
Alternatively one of our friendly front counter staff can help you place your reservation.  
There is a limit of thirty reservations at any one time.
When your items become available, they will be delivered to your preferred library.
Speak to Library staff if you would like to be notified when they arrive by SMS or Email.

Ordering an item from another Library

Gawler Public Library has now joined the One Card System so you can order items Online from all of the participating South Australian Public Libraries and have them sent to the Gawler Public Library for collection.
We can also interlibrary loan some reference items from the State Library of South Australia; however these items are only available for use within our library.
Items may also be accessed from non-public and/or interstate libraries by paying a standard non-refundable document delivery fee. There is a limit of 4 active requests at a time.
We regularly purchase new items for the library and you are encouraged to recommend items that you would like to see added to our collection. Our Collection Management Policy outlines criteria we use for purchase.
Please contact the Library if you would like to suggest a purchase by email

Returning Library materials

Items can be returned through the book chute located just inside each library entrance.
You can return Gawler Public Library items via any public library in South Australia.
You can also return your library items via the Library box located in the foyer at the Gawler Sports & Community Centre.
The opening hours for the Gawler Sports and Community Centre

Lost or damaged items

If you lose or damage an item, you will be asked to replace it or pay for its repair or repurchase.
Current replacement costs can be viewed at the library counter or here Fees and Charges
An additional processing fee of $5 for each item is also charged.


Due to the Gawler Connect project the Library is currently unable to accept donations. You can contact charity shops, other libraries and NAWMA to see if they will accept your donated items.




After Hours Contact Call 08 8522 9211
43 High Street, Gawler East SA 5118
Tel: 08 8522 9211
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