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Charlie Fennell 1972

The Robe Public Library was opened on 11 August 1983 by Chairman of the Libraries Board of SA John Crawford OA, and became the 100th Public Library opened in South Australia.

The implementation of the Public Library Automated Information Network (PLAIN) in 1990 made for speedy borrowing of items from other Libraries within the State.

In 1995, the Robe Library joined several others in the Limestone Coast region to purchase and operate a single library computerized circulation system called Spydus.

Our customers can borrow books from other Libraries within the region and from all over the State.

The Robe Visitor Information Centre and Historical Interpretation Centre are also under the same roof, and provides to the visitor an overview of the history of the Robe Township.

The Robe Public Library is situated on Mundy Terrace, Robe, opposite the Foreshore. It can be entered through the main double door near the large pine tree or through the door that faces the back of the War Memorial.

Pictured is Charlie Fennell in 1972 outside the Robe Hotel with a "bag of sweep."

"During Robe's heyday, the Institute building as the heart and soul of the community, with its ballroom floor, stage and a libary containing some 2,000 volumes. Nearly 120 years after the first enthusiastic meeting to erect an Institute, the committee decided that in these modern times and with other avenues of entertainment for the public, the Institute was becoming a burdern on the community as far as raising the necessary finance to keep the building in good repair. It was decided in 1981 that the Institute Committee be dissolved and the building handed over to the Council. Mrs Kathleen Browne had been the Institute Librarian for 37 years.

Discussions were held with representatives of the State Libraries Board regarding obtaining a State Public Library. Council decided to borrow the month to build a new Library and Historical Interpretation Centre on teh eater end of the old Institute building, with long term plans for upgrading the whole complex."

Excerpt from "A Glimpse of Golden Days" DC of Robe 1983.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Friday


Sunday  and Monday

Public Holidays

Christmas Day

Good Friday

9.00 am to 5.00 pm

10.00 am to 1.00 pm


10.00 am to 1.00 pm


10.00 am to 1.00pm

Contact Details





Mundy Terrace, ROBE SA 5276

08 8768 2465 or 1300 367 144

PO Box 448, ROBE SA 5276


Part time Library/Visitor Information Centre Officers

Wendy White

Cassie Hall

Rebecca Murphy

Sandra Moore

How do I join the Library?

All residents of the Robe District may become members of the Robe Public Library. ID is required.

Your library card will be issued as part of the 1 library card of SA system.

Items you can borrow include books, DVD's and Magazines.

Loan Period:

Books:  4 weeks

Magazines: 2 weeks

DVD's:  2 weeks

Items may be extended if no other borrower has reserved them. If titles are heavily reserved then the borrowing time of an item may be reduced.

See information also on "Visitor Borrowing."

Inter- Library Loans

The Robe Public Library has access to library collections all over the State. Items can be ordered from these collections but may take a little longer to arrive.

Collections in the Library

The Adult Collection includes fiction, large print fiction, non-fiction, audio books, DVD's and magazines.

The Adolescent and Children Collection includes fiction, easy reading, picture books, non-fiction, DVD's, audio books and cassettes.

Dictionaries, newspapers, enclyclopedias, phone directories, Australian Bureau of Statistics information, District Council of Robe Agenda and Minutes, the Robe Community News, atlases and other reference material in the General Collection.

Ask about our Local History Collection.

Visitor Borrowing

Visitors can register as a Visitor Borrower at the Library with a current ID. Conditions apply with a limit of 2 books, 2 magazines and 1 DVD/Video per customer. A refundable deposit is required.

Computers & Internet

Internet broadband access is provided free and available to the public on our designated public computers. Any persons under the age of 16 years requires parental/guardian consent.

Wireless broadband access is also available. Please get your user name and password from the VIC counter.

Items may not be uploaded from a disc or laptop. Direct printing from the computer is permitted at 50c per page.

Photocopying, Faxing & Laminating

The Library has a black and white copier available for copying of information contained within the Library. The charges are reasonable at 20c per page.

The Library also has faxing and laminating services available.

Lost, misplaced or damaged items

Customers are responsible for items borrowed. Lost or damage of items will lead to a request for replacement costs of damaged or missing items.


The Robe Library is grateful for donations of books, games, jigsaws, videos etc. The items will be included in either the Library Collection or placed in the Annual Book Sale, usually held in January.