Love magazines and documentaries? Read on…

As a member of Tea Tree Gully Library you have 24/7 access to a variety of online resources, for both learning and leisure. All you need is your library card number and PIN.

A couple of really exciting resources the library subscribes to are; Zinio which allows you to download and read current, popular magazines and Beamafilm featuring streaming video of top quality Australian and overseas documentaries. Why pay for these things when you can get them free from the Library!

Zinio magazines onlineOur Zinio magazine collection covers a wide range of topics from entertainment, lifestyle, food and travel to sport, fitness, craft and technology. We’ve added new titles such as donna hay magazine, delicious, National Geographic, Inside Sport and Australian Country Style which are all available for you each month to download and read on your PC, tablet or smartphone.

If you enjoy watching quality films and documentaries, Beamafilm is a resource you will love. There are many titles to choose from and new content is added regularly. Beamafilm’s catalogue has something for everyone with documentaries from Australia and around the world. Try it out today!

To access these fantastic resources and many more, visit the Online Resources page on our website,
Select your resource, login with your library barcode and PIN, select Tea Tree Gully Library and enjoy!

We are always happy to show you our full range of resources, so please ask us about them next time you’re in the Library.

Read current magazines online free!

Zinio magazines onlineWe’ve recently subscribed to a new online resource, Zinio, which allows you to read  popular magazines in full colour digital format on your PC, Mac, iphone, ipad, android device or tablet via a browser or app. All for free!

The collection covers news, sport, technology, entertainment, home, lifestyle and more. Some of the titles currently available are Inside Out, Martha Stewart Living, Bride to Be, GQ, Gardening Australia, Practical Parenting and FilmInk, with more titles coming soon.

To use Zinio, please go to the Library Online Resources page and login with your library barcode. Then click the link to Zinio.

You will need to create a couple of accounts to login to the Library’s Zinio collection and to read the magazines, so we recommend you read the handy User Guide or watch the video on the Zinio landing page to assist you with this.

Zinio landing page

Create your account and access the User Guide and video

We’d love to hear what you think of Zinio, so please leave us a comment!

Learning a language?

If your answer is yes, then take a look at our new online resource Transparent Language Online. You can learn new languages quickly, easily, and effectively with this program, which is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing and vocabulary building lessons for over 80 languages, including 17 ESL courses.
Just go to our website, login with your library barcode and click Logon to Transparent Language Online.

We’d love to hear what you think!


New online resource for learning English

Public libraries in South Australia now have access to a great online resource for their patrons wishing to pass the IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System), an international standardised test of English language proficiency, which is very much in demand from international students studying here.

Tea Tree Gully Library patrons can access this through the Library website by logging in with their library card at the Online Resources page, then clicking on Logon to Road to IELTS: a preparation course. Access is available on the public PCs and via wifi  in the Library and at home.

Road to IELTS provides hours of intensive work on vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking, to help develop skills to the levels necessary to succeed in the exam.

If you know of someone who would benefit from this, please encourage them to come to the Library where staff will be show them how to access this valuable resource.

How to use PressDisplay

Did you miss out on buying the local paper this morning? Maybe you’re looking for an article from three weeks ago, or want to catch up on news from around the world.

PressDisplay is just one of our many online resources, which you can access from our website. This resource provides full-colour, full-page newspapers from around the world. The time period you can see newspapers for does vary – for local Adelaide papers such as The Advertiser you can view editions from up to three months ago.

To get to PressDisplay, just go to the Library tab and look for Online Resources. Then type in your library barcode number and choose PressDisplay from the list. Use the search bar along the top of the web page to look for newspapers. Any questions? Just ask a friendly staff member next time you’re in the Library.

If you’d like to learn more about the many features of PressDisplay, we’re running a training session, Online newspapers @ your Library in March. More details and booking information are on the website.

Online resources @ your Library

Have you checked out our online resources?
Whether you want to work on your computer skills, start your family tree, identify antiques, catch up on the latest news or discover your next great read, there’s sure to be something for you.

The Library holds regular sessions showing you how to use these great resources.
Visit the Internet Training page to find out about upcoming sessions, or go to the Online Resources page and enter your barcode  to start using Good Reading Online, PressDisplay, TumbleReadables, Price it!, Britannica Online and more!

Keen to find great books to read?

If you’re a keen reader who would like to find out what’s new in the world of books and how to find great reads via the Library catalogue, then come along to our Discover great reads online @ your Library session on Wednesday 21 July from 10:30am – 12:30pm. 

Good reading Magazine
Library staff  will introduce you to our online resource Good Reading Online and to Library Thing for Libraries, an enhancement to our catalogue designed to make finding great reads easier.


Book in next time you’re in the Library or give us a ring on 8397 7333. Bookings open Friday 2 July.
If you’re interested in finding out what other training sessions the Library offers, visit our
Internet Training webpage.

Hello from China!

Libraries truly do bring the world together as a recent phone call demonstrated. One of our patrons phoned the library as she was having difficulty accessing the online databases that are freely available for all registered borrowers to use. After clearing up what was simply a keying error, she mentioned that she was logging on to utilise the Encyclopaedia Britannica database from HangZhou China! HangZhou is a port city approximately 130km South West of Shanghai.

Google maps indicates that it’s around a 10,000km journey from Tea Tree Gully to HangZhou, and whilst we don’t advocate kayaking across the Pacific Ocean as Google maps recommends, it’s great to see that we can provide an international service!

Any convicts in the family?

The family history database  Ancestry, has made available online the Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1846 , and the NSW Certificates of Freedom 1827-1867, which “completes” the journey from arrest to release of almost one third of all convicts transported to Australia.
It will allow family members to see whether a convict in their family tree was given an absolute pardon, giving them full citizen rights, or a conditional pardon, which entitled a convict to their freedom but not to return to the UK. Other information already on the website includes applications to marry and death registers.

Technology has also made it possible to view digital images of original documentation and to find out details of people’s occupation and religion and gather a physical description.

Ancestry estimates that more than four million Australians are descended from convicts who were shipped from Britain to Australia’s penal colonies, meaning there is a one in five chance the average Aussie will have an ancestor included in the records.
The Ancestry Library Edition database is available  free, via the Library website , on all the public PCs at the City of Tea Tree Gully Library.

Image courtesy of National Library of Australia – National Treasures

New online resources!




The Library has recently added a couple of new online resources to our collection, which are accessible 24/7 from our website. Both are great for students for research and project information.
Simply login with your library barcode to use:

Facts on File – Ancient and Medieval History Online – provides thorough coverage of eight civilisations, including ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and medieval Europe. Features include biographies, events and topics, primary sources, timelines, maps and charts, videos and images plus much more.

Facts on File – Science Online – covers a broad range of topics from subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Space and Astronomy and more, and features resources such as experiments, biographies, timelines, videos, diagrams to name just a few.

Give them a try and let us know what you think!