For Primary School Students

As well as this website the State Library has a dedicated space for kids in the building called The Place.  It's free to visit the library anytime it's open and it's a great place to pop in and check out a great collection of books and displays. Next time you're in the centre of Perth, why not pop in and check out The Place!

Yes! You can bring your class to visit the State Library, ask your teacher to arrange a school excursion to the State Library by contacting our education officers, details are listed on the pages for teachers.

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Top 10 tips for getting useful search results! 

  • Keywords
    Write as many words down that relate to your topic or question. Think laterally. Use the thesaurus to get synonyms (words with similar meanings).
    Handy Tip
    Open a Microsoft word document and type a keyword in Eg. 'homework' , use the cursor to highlight the word, then press 'Shift + F7'   
  • Phrase searching
    Use quotation marks " " to keep search terms together. For example "Gold mining" will only find information where the words 'gold' and 'mining' are together.   
  • Truncation
    Unsure of spelling, or wanting to expand your search results? Use the  * Asterix to truncate your word! For example cens* will find all words starting with the letters 'cens' including censer, censor, censured.   
  • Location, location, location! 
    Do you need to restrict your search within Australia only OR should you do a world wide web search?   
  • NOT -
    Using the minus sign - in your search box excludes words that you don't want to appear in your search results.
    For example; gold mining  -jewellery, will excluded results with the word jewellery.   
  • Publishers
    Who do you think would publish or create the information you are looking for? For example; Federal or State government?; newspaper article or journal?; private business or non government organisation?   
  • Subject headings
    Use the subject headings from the library catalogue to expand your search, or find topics that might relate to what you are looking for.   
  • Electronic resources
    Electronic resources offer you a wide range of full text articles, images, journals, and maps on-line. You can access a host of articles from home using your public library card.     
  • Find a Library!
    Visit your local library or come into the State Library. Don't forget to bring all your research with you.

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Random Facts about your State Library

The State Library has digitised over 45, 000 images.

There are 232 public libraries in Western Australia!

Last year the State Library purchased and processed over 50, 000 new items for WA Public Libraries.  

LUX is the measurement used to measure light levels, 1 LUX roughly equates to the light from 1 candle.

50 LUX is the recommended light level used to display items.

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Fantastic Free Web Resources

Tumble Books

TumbleBooks LogoAn extensive collection of animated, talking picture books and novels with options to read-along with or without sound. Suitable for students in Kindergarten to year 7. Great resource for reluctant readers.

This subscription service has been provided through Better Beginnings.

Britannica Library

Encyclopedia Britannica logoMuch more than an encyclopaedia! Includes photographs, maps, animations, audio clips, videos and links to student friendly websites. Three versions available; Junior (yrs 1 to 3), Student (yrs 4 to 5), Standard (yrs 6 to 7).

Please be aware that access to online databases from other than the library or home, that is, schools and universities, is not permitted under the licence agreements held between the Library and Vendors. Call your local public library to find out how you can join and get free access to these resources. Its easy and free! Something missing from this web page? Let me know at

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