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Geoscience Library

Services provided

About the library

Mineral and Energy Resources geoscience library

The Geoscience Library (formerly the South Australian Department of Mines and Energy Library) was established in 1948 from an informal collection of the Geological Survey of South Australia.

It holds the world’s largest collection of material dealing with South Australian geology, and over 16,000 books, 370 serial titles, audiovisual, CDrom and rare book material on geoscience, mining and earth related topics. The Library has a particularly strong national and international collection of Geological Survey holdings, from all states around Australia, and from overseas countries including the United States, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

The Library also has access to published and unpublished company and departmental reports dealing with mining and exploration activities in South Australia.

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Literature searches

The Geoscience Library can provide literature searches on any subject required, on a variety of databases including:

  • Geoscience Library Catalogue
    Geoscientific books, journals, CDs and audiovisual material. Items can be requested online through the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG). When the application has been opened go to Databases in the top left widget.
  • SAMRef Database
    Contains over 30,000 references to unpublished company and departmental reports. Items can be requested online through the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG). When the application has been opened go to Databases in the top left widget.    
  • Libraries Australia (external site)
    Contains references to all published material held in Australian libraries. Items can be borrowed on interlibrary loan.
  • GeoRef Database (external site)
    Contains over 2.9 million references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses.
  • GeoScience World (GSW) (external site)
    Provides online access to a wide range of international, geoscientific information available from over 40 key, peer reviewed journals. Access to Table of Contents and to Abstracts (where available) is free-of-charge; full-text of articles can be purchased directly online from GSW. 
  • Commodity literature searches
    Selections of recently published geoscientific articles on various commodities - includes coal seam methane and shale gas, geothermal, iron ore and uranium.

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Inter-library loans and document delivery services

An inter-library loan and document delivery service is available for material held in the collection, including unpublished company and departmental reports on microfiche.

Requests are accepted via email, fax and phone or via the Libraries Australia (external site) Document Delivery system.

Standard delivery time is up to 1 week. Urgent requests are preferred by fax or phone.

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Library news

Literature search

Articles on South Australian geoscience published externally in 2013 - this list was first published in MESA Journal volume 71, Issue 4, 2013.

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Contact information

Opening hours:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday

Pam Aagaard


Mineral Resources Division
Department of State Development
Level 7, 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000

Postal address:
Geoscience Library
Department of State Development
GPO Box 320
South Australia 5001

Within Australia 08 8463 3345
International +61 8 8463 3345

Within Australia 08 8226 3177
International +61 8 8226 3177