Access and Borrowing

ATL is open to the public and all materials are available for on-site use.

How to join the library

LibraryCurrent Adelaide College of Divinity and Flinders University staff and students may borrow from the Adelaide Theological Library.

Other South Australian residents may borrow on payment of the library membership fee.

2017 fees

12 months $110.00, 6 months $60.00
Seniors card holders: 12 months $70.00,
6 months $40.00.  (GST inclusive)

The following persons are exempt from the requirement to pay the library fee:

  • Staff and students of University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia
  • Staff and students of Australian Lutheran College who apply for reciprocal membership

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Library Card

For ACD Students
The Adelaide College of Divinity student ID card is the library card for Adelaide Theological Library. You must be currently enrolled.

ACD External Students
ACD Student services will post the ACD ID/Library card to External students. Continuing students may apply by phone or email to the ATL to have their library membership extended.

For Flinders Students
The Flinders Student ID is the library card for Flinders University Library and Adelaide Theological Library.

If you are a remote or part time student and are unable to visit the Central Library, click here for further information on obtaining a Student ID/library card.

For Community Members
Community members may collect their card from the library on completion of a Borrower Registration Form and the payment of the current library fee. Alternative arrangements may be negotiated on an individual basis.

Borrower’s Registration Form
Click here (pdf)

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Access to Electronic Resources

Click here for information about connecting to ATL electronic resources

What can I borrow?

ATL Book Collections* 7 Days Loan Collection ATL Journals ATL e-resources remote access Flinders Uni Book Collections Flinders e-resources remote access Reciprocal Borrowing with SA Universities
Category of Member No. of Items Loan period (wks) No. of Renewals
ACD Staff 100 4 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Flinders Staff (inc. ACD Staff with Flinders academic status) 100 4 4 Yes Yes Dept. of Theology Yes Yes Yes
ACD Postgraduates 100 4 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Flinders Honours & Postgraduates 100 4 4 Yes Yes Dept. of Theology Yes Yes Yes
ACD Undergraduates 100 4 4 Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Flinders Undergraduates 100 4 4 Yes Yes Dept. of Theology Yes Yes Yes
ACD Distance students** Distance Education collection 100 4
Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
ACD Audit students 100 4 4 Yes Yes Yes No No No
(SA residents)
20 4 4 No No Yes No No No
Australian Lutheran College Reciprocal Borrowers 20 4 4 No No Yes No No No
Adelaide University and University of South Australia staff and students 20 4 4 No No No Yes No Yes

NOTE: Flinders University Alumni or Community patrons, or reciprocal patrons from universities other than those listed above, are NOT able to borrow from the ATL or access our eresources. If required, these patrons will need to register as ATL Community patrons to access our resources.

*Books in the Reference and Rare Books collections are not normally available for loan.

**ACD students enrolled in Distance topics are eligible to borrow from the Theology-Distance Education collection (6 week loan period)

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The Library Comes To You : Services to Distance Students

Distance students are able to borrow from the main collection. In addition, a limited range of core texts is available in the ATL Distance Collection.  The loan period for distance students is 6 weeks.

ATL offers a postal service for students living outside the Adelaide metropolitan area. Costs for postage to and from ATL are to be paid by the student. Requests may be made by email or phone.

Books and articles not held by the Adelaide Theological Library or the Flinders University Libraries may be obtained from other libraries.

For ACD patrons: Document Delivery services will be charged the standard rate (generally $16.50 per item). Please click here to download a Document Delivery form, or contact library staff.

SendIt : Off campus library service
SendIt provides support to Flinders University students who are studying fully online or externally, or who live outside of the Adelaide metropolitan area. The service also supports Flinders staff members and postgraduate students who are solely based at the ACD Campus.
To use this service, you will need to register at

Click here for information about SendIt

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Borrowing  from other libraries: For current Flinders Theology and Adelaide College of Divinity staff and students

Other SA Universities

Current students and staff are entitled to borrow from the libraries of University of Adelaide and University of South Australia under the terms of the SA University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement. Users may borrow up to 20 items as part of the total quota (with four renewals allowed) on presentation of a current student card.

Australian Lutheran College

Current students and staff may register to borrow from Löhe Memorial Library, Australian Lutheran College (Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide). An application form is available from library staff. Löhe’s catalogue is available at

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Renewing Loans

Members can renew their own loans on FindIt@Flinders

For information about renewing loans click here

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Requests and Holds

If the book you want is out on loan you should place a request on it by using the option in ‘My Account’. This means that it will be kept for you when it is returned, and we’ll email you to let you know that it is available. The book will be held for you at the ATL front desk.

To place a request on a book, it must already be on loan or on hold for another patron. Sign in to ‘My Account’ in FindIt@Flinders and search for the book. Click the ‘Location’ tab and view the ‘Request Options’. Request will appear first if this is an option.

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Material may be returned either to Adelaide Theological Library or to any of the Flinders University Library branches (Central, Sturt, Medical).

After Hours Book Return
There is an after-hours book return chute adjacent to the main entrance of the ACD Campus on Lipsett Terrace.

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Email Notices

The library sends courtesy and overdue notices to borrowers by email. Failure to read and act upon library emails may incur demerit points, which may affect your borrowing rights.

Email for Flinders Students
Please forward your Flinders email to your preferred work/home email address if you don’t wish to access your Flinders email.
To redirect your email go to

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