Borrowing Items


Borrow Direct or Get-It! 

How do I borrow? ... Join the Library!

Membership is available free of charge to all residents of Western Australia.
To join the Library, complete the membership form.
You can register online or apply in person at any enquiry desk in the building.You will be issued with a membership card: My Library Card.


You will need to provide proof of identity and current residential address. This needs to be an item showing your name and residential address from an official institution. For example:

  • Western Australian driver's licence
  • electricity, gas, water, mobile phone or internet bill 
  • health care card/pensioner card from Centrelink

Members under the age of 18 require the signature of a parent or guardian.

Download & Print the Parent/Guardian Consent Form (PDF 120KB)

What can I borrow?

Up to 8 items at a time may be borrowed. Your membership card is required to borrow or renew items.
Not all library items are available for loan. Rare, valuable or heavy demand items, as well as all materials from the J S Battye Library of West Australian History are available only within the library building during opening hours. 

For loan

  • General collection
  • Sound recordings (cassettes)
  • Music scores
  • Orchestral sets
  • Plays
  • Children’s material

For Library use only

  • WA material 
  • Oral history recordings
  • Pamphlets 
  • Microform
  • Ephemera
  • Reference materials
  • Manuscripts
  • Rare materials
  • Photographs
  • Artworks
  • Serials/Magazines - use Copy Order Form
  • Maps
  • DVDs/Videos

For how long can I borrow items?

Books                                  4 weeks
Orchestral sets and playsets   3 months

Can I renew my loan?

Yes! To avoid replacement costs and administration fees being charged, please renew loans by:
Online: Login to My Library Card   

All loans supplied using the Get-It! service must be renewed through your Get-It! "My Requests" record. 

You cannot renew an item if:

  • Another reader is waiting to borrow the item.
  • Item has previously been renewed. Items can only be renewed once.

Where do I checkout and return items?

The circulation desk is located on the ground floor. Our staff will help you with the checkout and return process.
Returns are made to reception on the ground floor.

What happens if I lose or damage Library items?

Take care of the items you borrow as a replacement cost will be charged for items that are not returned or that are damaged beyond repair. An administration fee of $46.32 will also be charged for each invoice sent.

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Page last updated: Thursday 10 March 2016

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