WA Public Libraries Strategy

Public libraries are much-loved and much-used facilities. Across Western Australia’s 231 public libraries, there are more than one million active library members who borrowed more than 16 million physical items and some 600,000 e-books and audio books in 2015-16.  But there is a need for significant, transformational change to deliver more efficient and flexible public library services to continue to meet Western Australia’s growing and diverse community needs.

The WA Public Libraries Strategy is the result of extensive research and consultation through the Public Libraries Working Group and with stakeholders including local government authorities. 

Background Paper - Western Australian Public Libraries: Our Future (PDF 2MB) Correction – on page 15 of the Background Paper it should state that Karratha Library is responsible for the West Pilbara Region.

WA Public Libraries Strategy - A New Chapter for our Public Library Systems (PDF 1MB) 

The WA public Libraries Strategy consultation survey has now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact publiclibraryconsultation@slwa.wa.gov.au.

The Public Libraries Working Group (PLWG), with representation from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Western Australian Local Government Association, Public Libraries WA, the Library Board of Western Australia and the State Library of Western Australia will consider the outcomes of the consultation and provide advice on implementation.  Links to minutes from PLWG meetings are provided below.

Meeting 1 – Monday 23 April 2018 (PDF 144KB)

Last updated on: 22 May 2018