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Adelaide City Council welcomes the community to the new City Library at Rundle Place

Experience our exciting program of activities and discover new opportunities with spaces to relax and read.

Come and explore the new space, take a look at our exhibitions, check out our artist in residence,  listen to speakers on books and writing, or just bring your lunch and read in the shade of our outdoor reading room.

We invite you to watch the third and final time lapse video for the City Library and witness the myriad uses and different passions and excitement from a cross section of the community as they make this space their own.


Second City Library time-lapse video released! Highlights include the magnificent cloud signage going up in Francis Street and the thousands of books being shelved.

City Library wins Excellence in Design!

Recently the City Library won an Excellence in Design award from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – Australia.

The FSC is an international, non-profit organisation founded in 1993 by environmentalists, social interest groups, indigenous peoples' organisations, responsible retailers and forest management companies to develop standards to measure responsible forest management practices.

The City Library team received this prestigious award for the design, selection and procurement of responsibly sourced, FSC-certified timber products for many of its fixtures, finishes and furniture, as well as FSC-certified paper for its office and sanitary supplies. The City Library sustainable design principles reflect what is important in our city and to our community.

An overarching design principle for the City Library is the concept of "one element many forms", guiding the creation of flexible and multipurpose spaces, and the selection of joinery and furniture that could be used by our community in multiple ways.

This award recognises that Adelaide City Council is committed to promoting public spaces that are socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable.

For more information about the City Library relocations read the City Library FAQs here

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