The CAA Library Service provides library and information services to assist the judiciary in the administration of justice in South Australia.

The Library delivers a comprehensive range of information services and manages access to an extensive collection of legal research resources in print and digital format.

The Supreme Court Library is also a public access library and a major law resource for legal practitioners and self-represented litigants.

See Library catalogue  to locate material available in the Supreme Court Library.

Information services

Our Reference Desk team is available Monday – Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm to assist users in-person, by phone or email.

Our experienced librarians are available to assist you with locating information sources and undertaking research.

Contact the Reference Desk staff if you require assistance with:

  • Identifying and locating information sources
  • Developing online research strategies
  • Using print and online sources

While we provide general research assistance, we are not a legal advisory service.

Photocopiers are available for public use on level 2 for copying library material. Contact the Reference Desk staff for assistance with photocopying/printing.

Legal practitioners may borrow books for use in court in the Adelaide CBD. Loans are for 1 day and need to be returned to the library at the conclusion of the hearing.

Self-represented litigants may borrow material for use in court with the permission of the Library Manager.

The library provides a fee-based document delivery service for legal practitioners, libraries and law firms. Document delivery requests are made via email.

The fees for document delivery are based on the service turnaround time.

  • 24 hours – $21.10 per item
  • 2 hours – $42.00 per item
  • 1 hour – $63.10 per item


The print collection includes an extensive range of current and historical legal resources including:

  • Australian and overseas law reports
  • Commonwealth and SA legislation
  • Textbooks
  • Journals
  • Digests and legal encyclopaedia

The library subscribes to an extensive range of online databases including:

  • CCH IntelliConnect – Australian commentary services
  • HeinOnline – International law journals as well as classic legal texts
  • ICLR Online – Law Reports from England and Wales
  • Lexis Advance – Australian cases, legislation, commentary & journals
  • Westlaw AU – Australian cases, journals & commentary
  • Westlaw – International case law, legislation & journals including US material
  • Westlaw UK
  • Westlaw Next Canada

Public users have access to the online resources via computer terminals in the Supreme Court Library.

The Supreme Court Historical Collection aims to preserve a collection of court regalia, artefacts, documents and photographs relating to the history of the court and judiciary in South Australia for research and education purposes.

Access to the Supreme Court Historical Collection Library requires permission of the Library Manager, CAA Library Service.


Opening Hours

  • The Supreme Court Library is open  from 9:00am to 5:00pm for legal practitioners. The Library provides access by appointment for self-represented litigants and members of the public.