The CAA Library provides library and information services to assist the judiciary, legal professionals and the general public.

The Library, located at the Supreme Court, manages access to an extensive collection of legal research resources in print and digital format and maintains library collections for the Supreme Court, District Court, Magistrates Courts, Youth Court and Environment, Resources and Development Court. It is also a public access library and major law resource for legal practitioners and public users.

See library catalogue.

Our Reference Desk team is available Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm to assist users in-person, by phone or email.

Information services

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.

The library is not a lending library, although legal practitioners may borrow books for use in court in the Adelaide CBD. Loans are for one day and books 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, CAA Library Service.

General public may use the Supreme Court Library for research purposes, but may not borrow library materials.

The library provides a document delivery service for other libraries, law firms and legal practitioners located outside the Adelaide CBD. Document delivery requests are made via telephone or email.

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

  • 1 hour – $55.50 per item
  • 2 hours – $37.00 per item
  • 2 working days – $18.50 per item

* Per item up to 25 pages, plus $4.40 for each additional 25 pages and delivery charges.
** For CBD users, document delivery is provided for URGENT enquiries required in 2 hours or less.

Collection

  • 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.

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SC Library directory_Law reports_A-Z.pdfDownload 
SC Library directory_Legislation.pdfDownload 
Library directory Journals A-Z.pdfDownload 

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.