Plan Your Excursion

Explore, Discover, Create!

Discover a world of stories, history, information and more at the State Library of Western Australia.

Excursions are an engaging and educationally rewarding experience for your students but can take a lot of work to organise.  The education staff at the State Library like to make organisational process easier for teachers by providing as much information and supporting documentation as possible for planning your visit.

A comprehensive overview of the building, facilities, resources, expectations and supervision requirements can be found in the Excursion Management Plan.

The State Library is located in the Perth Cultural Centre, next to the Western Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of WA. Entry to the library is via James Street or Francis Street. We are situated near the Perth Underground Railway and Bus Stations.  The blue Central Area Transit (CAT) buses travel close to the building with stops on Beaufort Street and James Street.

To make the most of your excursion visit On the day for essential information for school groups. 

Bus Parking 

Available on Beaufort Street (Museum side) or along Francis Street. Contact the City of Perth on (08) 9461 3885 for further information.


All school programs, events and exhibitions to the Library are FREE of charge.

Education Experiences

Suggested session times for facilitated workshops are as follows:

  •  9.45  am
  • 11.00 am
  • 12.30 pm

Sessions run for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Group Size

The maximum number of students per workshop is 35.

Duty of care of students and management of their behavior is the responsibility of the attending teacher. It is a  requirement to provide a supervisory team for excursions. We recommend 1 adult per 6 students for Foundation to Year 3 classes and 1 adult per 15 students for Year 4 to Year 12 classes.

State Library staff assisting with school groups will present activities but are not responsible for the supervision of students. State Library staff reserve the right to immediately cancel a class if class behavior is unruly, disruptive to other library patrons or putting others at risk.

Please advise if you have students with special needs. The venue is suitable for wheelchairs, with lift access to all floors and disabled toilets and drink fountains.

Self-Guided Visits

Teachers are welcome to bring students into the library for self-guided visits.

We strongly recommend that all groups contact the State Library on (08) 9427 3202 to book their visit, even if they do not require a guide or other educational services, to ensure there are no clashes with no other groups and we have adequate resources available for your use. It also allows our Education Officers to provide further guidance about other educational experiences, in and around the State Library, that may enrich your visit. 

Duty of care for visiting students remains with the attending teacher. State Library staff reserve the right to intervene if student behavior is unruly and disruptive to other library patrons or putting others at risk.

Visit What's On for current events and exhibitions

Emergency Procedures and Public Liability

The State Library is a government owned facility, thus we are insured by Riskcover and comply with Public Liability Insurance requirements for the excursion management policy. Evacuation Procedures Documents are available in PDF or by phoning (08) 9427 3202.

On the Day

Teachers are asked to assemble in or near The Nook exhibition area to the side of the State Library entrance. An adult should register your arrival at the Welcome Desk. An Education Officer will meet your group and lead you to the Education Space for your workshop.

Teaching staff are required to accompany the students at all times whilst in the library. It is the teacher’s responsibility to actively monitor student behavior and intervene when necessary. State Library staff reserve the right to immediately cancel a class if student behavior is unruly, disruptive to other library patrons or putting staff members at risk.

Try to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your booking time to ensure your group has had a drink, been to the toilet and ready to start the workshop at the time on your booking confirmation. Please be punctual, late arrivals will result in a shortened tour experience.

Bag Storage

There is limited space for bag storage and we encourage schools to only bring essential items with them on excursions. If it is necessary to bring bags, we can store bags in our secure Education Space for the duration of your workshop or tour.  We would prefer that any food or drink items be organized into large communal bags or baskets for break periods.

Food and drink are not permitted in the library and talking on mobile phones is discouraged.


Toilet facilities (including disabled) and drink fountains are located at the Francis street end of the foyer. There are drink fountains and toilets on all floors of the Library, except the Mezzanine Level.

Try to arrive at the State Library at least 15 minutes prior to your confirmed booking time to ensure all students have been to the toilet, had a drink and are organized for their workshop or tour.


Space is available for students on either the grassed area or the paved area (under cover) directly outside the library (James Street side). Please note that the Library can not provide lunch space for students within the building.

Lunch baskets can be stored at the library, please arrange this prior to your visit (08) 9427 3202.

Photocopiers and Printers

On all floors of the building. Students will need a card with a magnetic strip in order to photocopy. A list of fees and charges for copying and other services is available. Ensure students come to the library with enough money (preferably change) for photocopying and printing if this is required.

State Library Shop 

On-site and open from Monday – Friday 10.00am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12.00 to 5.00pm. It sells good quality discard books from 50cents and has an extensive selection of adults and children’s literature.

School teachers receive 10% discount on all purchases at the State Library shop.

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Page last updated: Monday 29 August 2016

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