District Council of Yankalilla
South Australia
Sea Dragon
Southern Fleurieu Peninsula - South Australia


The residents and ratepayers of the District are invited to use the Library and enjoy it free of charge. The Library is funded by your Council, the SA State Government and the Department for Education, Training and Employment.

The Library is located on the Main South Road, Yankalilla, 5203.
Phone:(08) 8558 2043
Fax:(08) 8558 2155

From 21 November the Library will be situation at the Centre, 181 Main South Road Yankalilla - for more details click here

Current Opening Hours

Mon, Tues 8.45am - 4.00pm
Wed, Thurs & Fri 8.45am - 5.00pm
Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm
Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm

The Library is closed on public holidays and during the Christmas to New Year period.

The Library will also be closed on days where the Mount Lofty Ranges district is forecast as Catastrophic Fire Danger

To Become a Borrower:

An enrolment form for registration is available at the Reception Desk in the Library. Please supply identification with current address at the time of registration.

Each patron is able to borrow up to 10 items at a time for 4 weeks. Casual borrowers may take up to 6 items for 2 weeks.

Borrowing Times

  • Books - 4 weeks
  • DVDs, Videos, Magazines, Music CDs and CDRoms - 1 week

Extensions on due dates can be made in person at the desk or by telephoning the Library provided the items are not reserved for another borrower.


There is a returns chute in the Reception Desk for return of items when the Library is open. Another chute is provided to the right of the main entrance for return of items after hours.

Resources Available

All age groups catered for:

  • Fiction books
  • Non-fiction books
  • Large Print books- both fiction and non-fiction
  • Audio books
  • Reference Materials- including encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, directories companions and guides
  • Community Information- a wide range of brochures and pamphlets from government organisations, agencies and support services
  • Newspapers-Daily - The Advertiser, The Australian
    • Weekly - The Times, The Trading Post, The Independent Weekly
    • Fortnightly - Koori Mail
  • Magazines- A wide range of interests is catered for, with over 60 titles
  • Videos/DVDs - Adult - Range of topics including movies, gardening, DIY, historical, computing, health, environment, science, sport, art/craft, cooking and wine (limited to 3 per person)
  • Videos/DVDs - Children's - Topics include movies, stories, pre-school entertainment, educational (limited to 2 per person)
  • CDs - Music for adults and children
  • CDRoms - on range of topics including interactive games
  • Jigsaws

Facilities and Services Available

  • Inter - Library Loans
    As a member of the South Australian Public Libraries Network, the Library is part of the state-wide Inter-Library Loans service, which enables patrons at one Library to borrow books from any other South Australian Public Library. Books may be ordered by completing a form available at the Reception Desk. A separate form is needed for each book.
  • Internet Access & Word Processing
    Three computers are available for free public access to the Internet and 1 other computer is available for word processing and colour printing. A Volunteer is available to assist community members in developing their computer knowledge and skills. This service is also free. Bookings for computers or lessons with the volunteer can be made at the Reception Desk or by telephone.
  • Photocopying
    A coin-operated colour photocopying machine is available for public use. Costs for photcopying are:- Black and white A4 - 10c, A3 - 20c, Colour A4 - $1.00, A3 - $2.00.
  • Centrelink
    The Library is a Centrelink Access Point where members of the public can phone and fax information to Centrelink, free of charge. A display area also provides a range of Centrelink information brochures and forms. Jobsearch and Centrelink Internet sites can be accessed on the Library computers.
  • Information
    As a member of the Public Libraries network, the Library receives an extensive range of information from various Government Departments and Organisations and Community groups. These are located in the Information Place, along with publications from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, State and Commonwealth Year Books, Local Council information, phone books from all state regions and local community guides.

For more information visit http://www.libraries.sa.gov.au/yankalilla   

The Library is moving in November!

The handover of the Yankalilla Community Library, from its existing location at Yankalilla Area School is now well underway.  With a Library Advisory Group formed in August and a dedicated Project Manager appointed by Council in September to oversee the handover, the new Community Library is starting to take shape.

The Library will initially be situated in The Centre, located at 181 Main South Road, Yankalilla. The Centre, situated next door to YAS school oval and behind the skate park, provides a great location from which to provide library services.  Community groups who already use the Centre know it is a terrific facility and are being considered in the changes.  Any group which may be impacted by the Community Library moving in have been contacted by Centre management to ensure no group is displaced or disadvantaged by the changes.

The Library Advisory Group, which was formed out of an initial public meeting held in July this year, is a key voice for community consultation about what library users want. If you want to have your say about the Library, you can email council@yankalilla.sa.gov.au or contact Rick Williams, the chair of the Library Advisory Group on 0421 616 316 or email rgw.williams@me.com

In consultation with Public Libraries SA and neighbouring Onkaparinga Council’s library staff, as well as the Advisory Group, the project team have been reviewing floor layouts, library opening hours and access to services within The Centre. A review of the Library collection will occur prior to the move and Council have committed significant funding towards building the children’s and youth collections, as well as a range of recently published and best-selling adult resources.

With the recent introduction of the OneCard system http://www.libraries.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=499, Yankalilla Community Library users can now enjoy access to the collections of more than 130 public libraries around South Australia – a total of more than 3.5 million books DVD’s CDs and magazines, simply by requesting items to be delivered to Yankalilla.

Library Closure

To facilitate the changes, the library will be closed from Saturday 15 November, and will re-open in The Centre on Friday 21 November. Packing will begin after 3pm on Friday 14 November.

Library Opening

Normal library services will resume on Friday 21 November from 2pm at The Centre, 181 Main South Road, Yankalilla SA 5203.

On opening day, we will celebrate the opening of the new library with formalities commencing at 2.15pm. 

After the formalities, special guest author, Angela Goode, will speak about her new book “Top Dogs: A celebration of great Australian Working Dogs”. Books will be available for sale and signing by Angela.

All library users are invited to attend, see the new library and join in the celebrations. Light refreshments will be served during the afternoon.

Future Library Opening Hours

Library Opening Hours from 21 November will be:


10.00am - 4.00pm


10.00am - 4.00pm


10.00am - 4.00pm


1.00pm - 5.00pm


10.00am - 1.00pm

An after-hours return box will be available for returning items at times when the library is closed. It will be situated near the main entrance to The Centre.

Library FAQ's

Will the Library have the same operating hours as it does now?

The Library will be staffed for a minimum of 25 hours per week and will be open to the public during this time. The library will be open on 5 days each week, at times to accommodate a range of needs across our community. The library will be open during the following hours:

  • Tues                                      10.00am - 4.00pm
  • Wed                                      10.00am - 4.00pm
  • Thurs                                    10.00am - 4.00pm
  • Fri                                          1.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Sat                                       10.00am - 1.00pm

Where will the Library be located?

The Library will be located just a short walk from Yankalilla Area School at The Centre, 181 Main South Road, Yankalilla. Access is via the western side car park.  Car parking for community members with a disability parking permit will also be available close to the entrance.

How long will the Library be in The Centre before a permanent home is decided?

The Library will be located at The Centre until a final position on what the community wants and needs from its library service is developed. A Library Advisory Group has been formed and tasked with identifying what the permanent home for our Library might look like.

If I am a Yankalilla Library User, can I borrow books from the school library?

As a public library user you will have access to all the library collections across South Australia through the One Card system.  The School Library collection will only be available to school students and school staff members.

When will the Library be moved to The Centre?

The Community Library in its current form at the School will not be available after Friday 14 November.  A bit like moving house, we will need some time to ‘get the house in order’ so the Library will be closed until 21 November.  During that time we will be moving the physical collection of books and DVDs, setting up the new space and getting ready to re-open. On 21 November we have an exciting opening day celebration planned and we will be open for business from that day forward.

Will I need a new library card for the Yankalilla Library?

No – you can continue to use your existing Yankalilla Library card.

Will I still be able to return library items after hours to the new Library?

Yes – there will be an after-hours return box near the main entrance to the Centre where borrowed items can be returned at any time.

Who will run the Library?

Council is looking to employ professional staff to ensure the Library can be open at the times advertised.

If I borrow library items before the move, where will I return them?

If you borrow items prior to the move, you can simply return them to the new library location at The Centre. This will be a great opportunity for you to have a look around and familiarise yourself with the new layout, as well as having a look at our new children’s section.

If you accidentally return books to the wrong library, library and school staff will ensure they are returned to their respective homes.

Will there be any time when the Library is not available?

Yes – the Community Library will be closed on Saturday 15 November and the new Library will re-open in its new location from 2pm on Friday 21 November.

Will I still be able to borrow books for 4 weeks at a time?

Yes – lending periods and practices will remain the same in the new library.

How long will I be able to borrow DVDs for from the new Library?

One week – just as you can now.  Lending periods and practices will remain the same in the new library.

Will local council information be available at the new Library?

Yes, there is already plenty of great information about the local area and services available at The Centre and this information will still be available when the Library moves in.

If the school books are staying at the school, what will be available for my children at the new Library?

Council is investing a significant amount of funds towards creating a brand new children’s resource section. These resources will cover all ages from birth, up to and including teens. A separate children’s area is being planned for the Library which will have a special focus on children’s learning and literacy.

Can school students and teachers access the community library once it has moved?

All of the community library resources which are being moved to The Centre will be available to all school students, staff and parents in the new location – just a short walk across the school oval. The school community will be most welcome at the new library.

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