The Library at Magill in Adelaide’s east is named in honour of Colin Thiele, acclaimed author, educator and principal of one of the University’s predecessor institutions.
Colin Thiele was one of Australia's most prolific and popular writers for children, winning many awards for his work.
He was also an English teacher, until joining Wattle Park Teachers College (later known as Wattle Park Teachers Centre) as a lecturer in English from 1957 to 1963. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1958 to study teacher education. He became Vice Principal in 1964, Principal from 1965 to 1972, and then Principal of Murray Park College of Advanced Education in 1973. In 1974 he became Director of Wattle Park Teachers Centre until his retirement in 1980. He died in Queensland in 2006 at the age of 85.
The Colin Thiele Research Collection was added to the Library in 2000 incorporating donations from Colin Thiele as well as items from the Library's special collection. The collection incorporates most of his written works as well as non-book material, including several pelicans.