Guide to Indigenous Information

State Library's Westralia Collection - The J.S. Battye Library

One of the key aims of the State Library of Western Australia is to collect, preserve and make accessible the culture and heritage of all Western Australians. This is achieved through collecting a wide range of published information through to a wide range of archival materials such as personal papers, diaries and manuscripts, photographs and websites. As such, the Battye Library has a significant and growing collection of information about and for our West Australian Indigenous history culture and heritage.

State Library of Western Australia Reference Services

The State Library also aims to meet the broader information needs of Western Australians through our reference collections. You will find a range of Indigenous resources in these collections that bring together national and international perspectives about Indigenous peoples concerns, culture and heritage. See Finding Indigenous books,magazines and newspapers for more information about both our Western Australian and Australia wide Indigenous resources. Or search our catalogue to find resources in both the Battye Library and our general reference areas.

Indigenous e-Resources provided by the State Library of Western Australia 

As well as a wide range of published print materials, we purchase information in electronic formats such as online databases or e-books. Come into the library to use our Indigenous e-resources, that can provide easily searchable access to articles written by and about Indigenous people covering a wide range issues and topics.

The Public Library Network and State Library Partnership

The Western Australian network of 232 public libraries are a great source for Indigenous information. You can visit your local public library and borrow a wide range of resources, including books, movies, music, and magazines, to take home and enjoy. See our Guide to Public Libraries page for more information about resources available through your public library and how to find out which public libraries are in your local government area.

Other Sources of Indigenous Information

The State Library is one small piece of the puzzle when it comes to finding Indigenous information. There are many State and National based government and non-government organisations that provide a rich source of information. The following pages will provide you with some descriptions and links to some of the key Indigenous collections and services;

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Page last updated: Tuesday 19 April 2011

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