Secondary Teachers

Explore, Discover, Create!

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

Our education experiences offer students from years 7-12 the opportunity of engaging with our unique collections through exciting experiences facilitated by our Education Officers.

Our program supports the Australian and Western Australian Curricula and promote information literacy skills at all levels. They run for approximately 1 hour and are FREE of charge. Guided and self-guided tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. 

Visits and Guided Workshops:

Years 7 - 10

  • Beyond Books Tour
    Delve into the State Library's collections. Tour the library and explore newspapers, maps, ephemera, e-resources and more. Discover some of the historical gems the State Library holds and learn how to access these precious resources from your home or school.
    Curriculum links:  Cross Curricula
    Note: Please speak to one of our Education Officers to tailor the Beyond Books tour to suit your individual curriculum requirements.

  • NEW!  Search
    Knowing how to find information and being able to assess its veracity is a skill that has become particularly vital in the digital age. Libraries are our knowledge depositories and the places where we can develop and hone our information literacy skills. This one hour workshop assists students in improving their research techniques and retrieving a reputable answer more efficiently.
    Curriculum Links:  Cross curricula
    Note: Please speak to one of our Education Officers to tailor the Search workshop to suit your individual curriculum requirements.

Self-Guided Visits

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

We strongly recommend that all groups contact the State Library to book their visit, even if they do not require a guide or other educational services. This will ensure there are no clashes with other groups and we have adequate resources available. Our Education Officers may also be able to recommend alternative experiences, in and around the State Library, that may enrich your visit. 

Please note that duty of care of students on excursion at the State Library and the management of their behavior remains with the supervising teacher. State Library staff reserve the right to intervene if student behavior impacts negatively on other library patrons, or puts others at risk.

Please contact one of our Education Officers to make a booking. Telephone 94273202 or email

The Discovery Lounge

An electronic information centre and community space, providing visitors with access to over 50 computers, express terminals and free wi-fi. There is also an extensive range of current state, national and international newspapers, photocopies, colour printers and information sheets.

WACE Study Space 

A 'one-stop shop' for WACE students. Study guides, past papers, Good Answer Guides and other WACE related resources and information can be found on the first floor of the library.

The study space is open to Year 11 and 12 students during library hours, seven days a week.

Additional Information  

Information for music specialist students including borrowing from the music library can be found on the Music Education page

Bookings & Enquiries

For further information please contact an Education Officer on (08) 9427 3202 or email

Programs must be booked two weeks in advance. 

Special Events & Exhibitions

Stay up to date on all State Library events and activities by joining us on Facebook. The State Library often hosts a number of special events for school groups throughout the year.


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Unlock your students potential by exploring the extensive range of resources including subject guides to our collections, digitised items, and access to over 150 databases, all available at the State Library. 

Subject Guides

The State Library produces a number of guides to assist adults to navigate their way through the collections. Whilst these guides are not targeted at students, they may be useful as a teacher's resource.

Dead Reckoning is a comprehensive guide to family history research in WA. Tracing family history can be a unique and sometimes challenging research project for students. This guide provides an overview of how and where to start the process.

The Guide to WA History  resource contains information on common research topics such as 'Gold' and 'Explorers', hints and tips on accessing archival materials, and searching the State Library catalogue.    

Looking for Aboriginal authors and illustrators? Click here (PDF) and scroll through to the last pages for secondary texts and ideas. Most resources listed are available through your local Public Library, whilst some are available on-site, or exclusively at the State Library.

Web Resources

Three sensational websites from the National Library of Australia that are great for use on a SmartBoard / Interactive White Board. 

Vrroom (Virtual Reading Room) is a fun and easy to use website from the National Archives of Australia. A great topic starter that draws on images, digitised archival material and snippets of related historical documents and ephemera.

Subscription Databases

Subscription databases allow students to access a wide range of credited resources not freely available on the web, simply by putting in their public library card number or visiting their local public library.

Digitised Newspapers are a great way to bring history to life. Students can keyword search, transcribe, and contribute to world history.

The Gale NewsVault  includes the British Newspapers 1600 -1900, which covers the 17th - 18th Century Burney Collection and 19th Century British Library Newspapers; and, the Illustrated London News Historical Archive (1842 - 2003) where students can explore more than a 150 years of the world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper.

The Oxford history of western music is a unique resource that offers an account of the evolution of Western classical music. The full text is now available for the first time in an interactive digital format.

The following databases are more suitable for upper secondary students:

Australia/ New Zealand Reference Centre

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Good source of full text international and national magazines, newspaper and reference books. Includes biographies, image collection, maps and links to the video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century.

Please be aware that access to online databases from places other than the library or home (that is, schools and universities), is not permitted under the licence agreements held between the Library and Vendors.

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Page last updated: Wednesday 30 November 2016

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