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Services and extensive collections of geoscience publications available to the minerals and petroleum industry, researchers, other libraries and the community

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Reference services

The Geoscience Library provides literature searches and access to electronic resources and publications through a variety of databases and reference tools including:

Literature searches

Geoscience Library Catalogue

Publications and reports database (Resources and Energy)

  • Contains references to digital departmental publications, unpublished company exploration reports, plans, photos and published articles on geoscience in South Australia. 
  • Items can be viewed or requested online through the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)


  • geoscienceProvides online access to a wide range of international and geoscientific information available from over 46 key, peer review journals 
  • Access to Table of Contents and Abstracts (where available) is free of charge. Full text of articles can be purchased directly online from GeoScienceWorld

Georef database


  • Established by the American Geosciences Institute in 1966, GeoRef is the most comprehensive bibliographic database in the geosciences and contains over 3.8 million references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses published around the world.

Libraries Australia

  • libraries_austContains reference material to all published material held in Australian libraries 
  • Items may be borrowed from the library by other libraries on the inter-library loan

More on Libraries Australia


  • troveHosted by the National Library of Australia 
  • Trove contains references to publications held in Australian libraries as well as Australian online books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archived websites and more

State, National and International Library Catalogues

  • Links to other Australian and international library catalogues worldwide (Provided courtesy of the University of Adelaide Library)

More on other Australian and International Library Catalogues

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Inter-Library loan and document delivery service

An inter-library loan and document delivery service is available for material held in the collection, including unpublished company and departmental reports.

Requests are accepted via email, phone or via the Libraries Australia Document Delivery system.

Standard delivery time is 1 week for inter-library loans. Electronic documents can be provided within 24–48 hours. Urgent requests are dispatched within 24 hours.  

'Table of Contents' alerts

As a service to industry and library users, the Geoscience Library provides weekly ‘Table of Contents’ email alerts to the latest published information from key geoscience journals sourced from GeoScienceWorld and journal publishers.

For more information, or if you would like to receive this weekly alert service, email the Geoscience Library 

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About the Geoscience Library  

As part of the Department of State Development, Resources and Energy Divisions, the Geoscience Library (formerly the South Australian Department of Mines and Energy Library) was established in 1948 from an informal collection held by the Geological Survey of South Australia. 

It holds the largest collection of published and unpublished material dealing with South Australian geology, with a particularly strong national and international collection of Geological Survey publications from all states around Australia, and countries overseas, including the United States of America, Canada, Sweden and South Africa. 

The collection contains books, journals, theses and electronic publications on various geoscience topics including geology, mining, petroleum and energy, paleontology, environmental science, hydrogeology and groundwater. It also contains rare and valuable books and early departmental publications dating back to the 1800s. We welcome inquiries from industry, academic institutions, other libraries and the general public. 

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For more information, contact:

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

Pam Aagaard

Geoscience Library
Resources and Energy
Department of State Development
Level 7, 101 Grenfell Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000

Postal address
Geoscience Library
Resources and Energy
Department of State Development
GPO Box 320
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Within Australia: 08 8463 3345
International: +61 8 8463 3345

Within Australia: 08 8226 3177
International: +61 8 8226 3177