We collect published and unpublished Western Australian materials for the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History collection of the State Library of Western Australia and welcome donations related to this collection. This includes anything about or from Western Australia or about and by Western Australians.

We are interested in a wide range of materials about private individuals, businesses, places, organisations and clubs.  We collect family journals and letters, business papers, club registers, photographs, oral histories and music sound recordings. These collections all add to the social history of Western Australia and place into context the lives of individuals, the background to places and social clubs and help bring together information about companies that operated or are still operating in Western Australia.

People wishing to donate material should contact the Collection Liaison team who will advise if the material is suitable based on our collecting policies.

For donations of published materials please email:

Items published in Western Australia from the first of January 2014 must be deposited under Legal Deposit

For donations of unpublished materials , please email: or download a Donor Kit.  Read more about donating unpublished materials in our Making History flyer.

If the material is unsuitable they may suggest another organisations which would appreciate the material.

The State Library of Western Australia is included within the Cultural Gifts Program. This program encourages donations of culturally significant items from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives by offering donors tax incentives.

Further information and links go the Cultural Gifts Program page.

Monetary donations to the State Library of Western Australia, including J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History, should be lodged with the State Library of Western Australia Foundation.

The Friends of Battye Library Inc also support the work of the J.S. Battye Library through the financial support of specific projects.  Donations to support this work can also be made to The Friends at

If you do not wish to part with an original document, then you may like to consider lending the material for copying. In such cases we will make a copy and return the original to you. 

You can contact the Liaison, Acquisition and Description Team by  email, telephone, letter or by appointment.

Collection Liaison
Liaison, Acquisition and Description 
State Library of Western Australia
Perth Cultural Centre
25 Francis St
Perth WA 6000

Telephone: (08) 9427 3348 
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