The Yankalilla Library Journey 2014-21

3rd July 2021
Prior to 2014, the District of Yankalilla received its Library services via a School/Community Library model established in the Yankalilla Area School in 1991. In July 2014 the Yankalilla Area School Governing Council decided that the Community Library service would be separated from the School Library.

The Yankalilla Library Journey 2014-21

Prior to 2014, the District of Yankalilla received its Library services via a School/Community Library model established in the Yankalilla Area School in 1991. In July 2014 the Yankalilla Area School Governing Council decided that the Community Library service would be separated from the School Library.

Council resolved to support the development of a public library model and provided an interim location at The Centre 181 Main South Road Yankalilla. The Yankalilla Library was the last library in South Australia to join the One Card network connecting the more than 140 public libraries across South Australia with a single card and access to over 4 million items.

The Yankalilla Library opened in November 2014 for 25 hours per week with 2 part time staff, this has increased to the current 31 hours per week and 1 full time and 3 part time staff. During the past 6 and a half years the Yankalilla Library has had 240,000 visitors and lent almost 200,000 items and the Library staff have provided 780 diverse programs attended by 5,800 residents, ratepayers and visitors to our District.

The Yankalilla Library has developed strong working partnerships with local schools, community and service groups, the Yankalilla & District Historical Society as well as our Library volunteers. A Home Library Service was developed in November 2017 and has delivered over 3,000 items to customers who are unable to physically come to the Library.

While the total number of books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, audio books and local history collection might remain constant due to space current space constraints, these collections continue to be in demand and have increasing turnover. Print and copy services, free computer access and 24/7 Wi-Fi and tech programs continue to support our community in our increasingly digital world.

Library stock turnover graph

The future Library will provide further opportunities for our community to learn, enjoy and connect with each other.