Rare book collections

Rare books

State Library rare book materials can be viewed in the Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the State Library Building. Bags and other items may not be taken into the Reading Room. Lockers are available for storage of personal items.

Researcher membership

Researcher membership is required to access the Reading Room. Please see staff at Welcome Desk or 3rd floor desk to upgrade your membership. You will need to show identification with your WA residential address, such as a driversí licence.


Rare books are stored in rooms with special environmental conditions and must be retrieved by State Library staff. Items can be retrieved during the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 7.30pm
  • Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am, 12pm, 1pm and on the half hour to 5.00pm

Conditions of use

State Library rare book materials must be treated with great care:

  • Materials are not to be marked or damaged
  • Loose items should be left in their original order
  • Pencil only to be used for note taking
  • Post-it notes are not to be used.


State Library rare book materials may not be photocopied. There is a digital camera available and images can be stored to personal USB drives. Please note that there may be some restrictions on photographing fragile items.

End of use

When State Library rare book materials are no longer required, they should be handed to the staff member on duty. Rare book materials cannot be removed from the Reading Room.

These records are held in trust for future generations.

Your care will ensure their continued preservation.

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Page last updated: Thursday 10 December 2015

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