State Library of Western Australia

at 25 Francis Street, Perth, 6000 Australia


State Library of Western Australia
25 Francis Street
Perth , WA 6000
Contact Phone
P: +61 8 9427 3111

Opening time

  • Mondays: 09:00- 20:00
  • Tuesdays: 09:00- 20:00
  • Wednesdays: 09:00- 20:00
  • Thursdays: 09:00- 20:00
  • Fridays: 09:00- 17:30
  • Saturdays: 10:00- 17:30
  • Sundays: 10:00- 17:30

General Info

Located over the railway line in the Perth Cultural Centre the State Library of Western Australia has been collecting and sharing the State's cultural and social documentary heritage since 1887. With access to resources for information, learning, and recreation available in person or online, the State Library is your go to place for information about Western Australia. Wander through an exhibition, read a book or enjoy a film - there's something for everyone. For children and families visit The Place where you can relax and share a story on comfy cushions; dress up and play with puppets or look at original artworks by children's book illustrators. There are computers for children to listen to online audio stories and activity stations and special programs every school holidays. In the Discovery Lounge you can sit and chat with friends or connect with them online by booking a computer or with free wireless access. What's in a name? The Alexander Library Building was opened in 1985 and named named after Professor Fred Alexander, Chairman of the Library Board from 1952-1982. J.S. Battye Library of Western Australian History Named in honour of James Sykes Battye (1871-1954) who was the first Chief Librarian of the Victoria Public Library and he remained in office for sixty years until his death in 1954.

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Published State Library of Western Australia on 2016-05-26 02:49:45 GMT

our friends at Disrupted – Festival of Ideas at State Library of Western Australia have launched their program and it looks like a very full weekend of questioning the way things are. we're excited to be part of it, alongside so many great thinkers and doers! we will be running resist: the right for change, and pvi kelli will be facilitating a panel called taking back the city. we spy some of our creative comrades in the program too: keep an eye out for pvi guest artist loren kronemeyer, CIA studios curatorial member cat jones and resident sarah rowbottam, who curated the festival! taking back the city saturday 30 july 2pm discovery lounge with liam young, dr daniela a. ottmann, erin coates and lynda roberts -- the future health of the earth depends on the city and its' remaking: not just physically but socially. when we talk about what’s good for our cities; public activation, social engagement, and greening, what do we really mean? if our cities aligned less with the endless pursuit of market growth, and instead, with the aspirations of the communities within it, what would our public space look like? resist: the right for change sunday 3pm discovery lounge -- resist is a live tug-of-war event aimed at testing the potential power of the people to enact change. this playful finale for the disrupted weekend is drop-dead serious in its intentions, aiming to give rise to the divisive topics and outcomes from this year’s festival of ideas. what issues are you willing to champion? are you ready to step up to the rope and get your hands dirty? make sure you fill out a resist card at the end of each session and your topic might be picked for the battle.

Published pvi collective on 2016-06-22 02:21:50 GMT

Published State Library of Western Australia on 2016-06-21 09:13:25 GMT

2016 Revelation Perth International Film Festival - 07 Jul 2016 - Festival Program : proudly supported by Edith Cowan University (ECU) in association with ScreenWest, Lotterywest, the State Library of Western Australia, Curtin University, Digital Loop, The Backlot, PAV - Complete Event Solutions, North Metropolitan TAFE - Perth Campus Bookshop, Guzman Y Gomez Mexican Taqueria, Screen Australia and the City of Perth.

Published Albany Convention Bureau on 2016-06-18 00:45:52 GMT

Exhibition: Dutch Journeys to the Western Edge From Dirk Hartog’s landing at remote Cape Inscription in 1616 to our present day migrant population, this free exhibition draws stories from the State Library’s collections. Whether seeking trade, refuge or opportunity, the Dutch, like others to land on these shores, have helped shape Western Australia. The exhibition looks beyond the early maritime history to include stories of recent Dutch military history and migrant journeys to Western Australia. 24 June to 25 September, State Library Ground Floor Gallery. Free. Image: Leaving the Netherlands, call number: 061469PD Teachers - Find out more about the exhibition and associated education programs at the free professional learning workshop on 29 June, 4:30-6:30pm.

Published State Library of Western Australia on 2016-06-16 16:05:00 GMT

Shared reading with children creates engagement, demonstrates imagination and creates opportunities for problem solving. Asking open-ended questions and prompting children to respond to the story helps to develop contextualising skills that further influence language development. By partnering with organisations like the State Library of Western Australia, Writing WA and Fremantle Press, through the AWESOME Festival, together we are able to create opportunities for shared reading and engaging storytelling.

Published Awesome Arts on 2016-06-08 03:23:00 GMT

I requested an interlibrary loan at my local public library and was advised that they could not provide it saying: "Unfortunately the State Library has temporarily cut funding for interlibrary loan deliveries, which we are unable to process at the moment. " This is really disturbing so can you provide more information and let me/public know why this happening and when service will be able to resume?

Published Norene Garry on 2016-06-07 03:23:39 GMT

The State Library of Western Australia is closed today, but the online catalogue is open 24/7. Have a great #WADay. 006511D

Published State Library of Western Australia on 2016-06-06 00:30:00 GMT

We're on the lookout for people with great stories for our upcoming exhibition 'Perth: An Oral History of our City'. In partnership with Know Your Nation we will be recording oral histories of the people of Perth later this month. "The Museum of Perth is on the lookout for locals to share personal histories of the city. Museum chair Reece Harley says they’re “aiming to curate a contemporary oral history of the city, so that in 100 years’ time these videos and transcripts will be fascinating for future historians. Mr Harley says people with a cracking story about Perth (and it can be from any era) can get in touch with the museum through and they’re doing the recordings on June 18, 19, 23 and 24." Western Australian Museum, Centre for Stories, State Library of Western Australia, National Library of Australia, City of Perth Library, Swan Guildford Historical Society Inc - SGHS, The Grove Community History Library, Rotary Club of Northbridge WA, Rotary Club of West Perth, Rotary Club of Como, City of Vincent, City of Perth, City of South Perth, Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc (WAGS), Museums Australia WA, 720 ABC Perth, 6PR, RTRFM 92.1, Murray Districts Historical Society, Perth Cultural Centre, The University of Western Australia, Lost Perth,

Published Museum of Perth on 2016-06-04 08:17:39 GMT

If you are in Perth today, come down to the State Library of Western Australia for an exploration of the possibilities of improvisation by thirteen WA-based musicians.

Published Tura New Music on 2016-06-03 03:02:40 GMT

iMprov Collective performing live @statelibrarywa this Friday 3 June at 1pm. Free event.

Published State Library of Western Australia on 2016-05-31 06:10:12 GMT

We LOVE the State Library of Western Australia's book cubby. Check out this fantastic story about the Better Beginnings program. With winter on our doorstep bookmaking is a fantastic indoor activity.

Published Awesome Arts on 2016-05-30 05:46:35 GMT

Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for National Simultaneous Storytime in #TheStoryPlace at State Library of Western Australia . Special thanks to Hon. Peter Collier MLC, Minister for Education who read 'I Got This Hat'. Regular Storytime resumes this Wednesday 10.30am. For more information visit:

Published Better Beginnings on 2016-05-30 01:50:59 GMT

Thanks to everyone who attended the official Launch of our latest exhibition The Soldiers of Barrack Street at the Museum of Perth. The exhibition will run through to the 25th of June, and we're open from 9am - 3pm Monday - Saturday. Western Australian Museum, State Library of Western Australia, Army Museum of Western Australia, When WW1 Came to Western Australia, Australian War Memorial,

Published Museum of Perth on 2016-05-25 03:10:54 GMT

Did you see The Story Place at the State Library of Western Australia on the WA Weekender recently? Jessie visited the State Library to find out more about the Better Beginnings program. We have Rhyme Time Tuesday 10.30am & Storytime Wednesday 10.30am. In the video you'll see our international Storytime on Japan. For more information visit:

Published Better Beginnings on 2016-05-23 08:23:40 GMT

Published State Library of Western Australia on 2016-05-20 00:42:14 GMT

An Hour with Leigh Hobbs interactive drawing workshops at the State Library on 16/18 June. Free but bookings required through eventbrite

Published State Library of Western Australia on 2016-05-17 04:30:01 GMT

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Published Neil Smithson on 2016-05-17 01:48:08 GMT

Tura is proud to support the GreyWing Ensemble performing tomorrow at the State Library of Western Australia, as part of the Western Australian New Music Archive Performance Series.

Published Tura New Music on 2016-05-12 06:09:47 GMT

Want a fun, free event for your kids (aged 6+) to do on a Saturday morning? The State Library of Western Australia is holding this wonderful event with accomplished author/illustrator and Australian Children's Laureate Leigh Hobbs. Saturday 18th June, 10:30am, bookings essential!

Published Awesome Arts on 2016-05-11 01:32:25 GMT

Published State Library of Western Australia on 2016-05-10 01:00:02 GMT

A HUGE thank you to all the great people who volunteer here @statelibrarywa @VolunteeringAus

Published State Library of Western Australia on 2016-05-09 00:15:00 GMT

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums, grandmums and great grandmums. Hope you have a fab day.

Published State Library of Western Australia on 2016-05-08 01:00:01 GMT

Unknown Soldier #42 has now been identified by the eagle eyes of Deb Martin, from the Western Front Dead from Western Australia project, as Driver Arthur Percival SHAW of the 4th Field Company Engineers. Deb was scouring Australia’s Fighting Sons of the Empire for possibilities for our soldier, and found one on page 200. She says she "hypothesised that the photo could be of Arthur Percival SHAW. Service records clearly denote a scar on the base of the right metacarpal phalangeal joint. Such a scar can clearly be seen in the photograph (right hand)." She’s right! That livid scar is clearly visible. Born in Broken Hill, NSW, Arthur was 23, married and working as a fireman when he enlisted in Kalgoorlie in August 1915, ultimately serving with the 4th Field Company Engineers. He lived at 1 Salisbury Street Boulder, Western Australia. He was wounded in action in France, shot in the right thigh, on 1 December 1916; an injury that resulted in amputation of his leg at the knee. He returned to Australia, reunited with his wife Ethel and daughter Dorothy, and was discharged as medically unfit for further service. He died in South Fremantle in 1960, aged 67. State Library of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum, Army Museum of Western Australia, The Kalgoorlie Miner, RSL WA, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Kalgoorlie RSL,

Published The Soldiers of Barrack Street on 2016-05-06 07:03:45 GMT

Come and join us, the State Library of Western Australia and State Records Office of Western Australia for a special Heritage Festival day "At Home" today. We are holding free guided tours of Your Collection at 11am & 1pm and you can hear from AGWA Curator of Historical Art, Melissa Harpley, on AGWA acquisitions from 2-2.45pm.

Published Art Gallery of Western Australia on 2016-05-06 01:16:55 GMT

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This exhibition considers the legacy of John Forrest’s 1874 trek.
7 May to 19 July 2019.
Find out more about From Another View – Exhibition
... simply resources you can access online on your smart phone or through the internet.
They are free with your Library membership.
Find out more about eResources are ... Monday-Thursday 9:00am-8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-5:30pm
As a member you can borrow books and other items from our collection.
Collections of photographs - telling stories of Western Australia.
Read More about Pictorial Collection Highlights
Be inspired to create a new WA story with open data access.
Read More about WA Open Data Hire rooms for seminars, conferences, presentations, training sessions and interviews.
Gabby Loo and Steven Finch present findings of the 2018/19 Creative Fellowship exploring representations of Asian migration in the State Lib
View Imagined Migrant Futures – Artist Talk event
Erik the Book Buddy will be joining Play Time every second Friday during school terms.
View Erik the Book Buddy event
Free play activities to enjoy with your child during school terms.
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