The State Library of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to land and culture.

We pay our respects to Elders past and present. The Library is honoured to be located on Whadjuk Country, the ancestral lands of the Noongar people.

AWESOME Festival & Boffins Pop-up Bookshop

Ilford Orloff Awards 2023 Exhibition

What's new

New stories, collections, updates and more.


Banksia coccinea Stirling Range October 1956

How to use the Catalogue

Learn how to search our vast collections of photos, newspapers, maps, films, posters and archives.

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Online eResources

Access books, articles, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers online.

Group camping near the Warburton ranges in 1980


Reconnecting Indigenous culture and heritage collections to communities, families and individuals.

WA Day Pop Connections Nightclub poster

SLWA on ABC Radio

Battye Historian, Dr. Kate Gregory and Senior Archivist at the State Records Office of WA, Damien Hassan reveal fascinating stories from WA’s past with Christine Layton on the WA Afternoons program.

Audience in the Library Theatre during Disrupted Festival 2019

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What's On Today and Upcoming Events

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for Bright Young Things
AWESOME is committed to presenting high-quality, layered programming for children aged 0 – 12 and their families. Showcasing theatre, creative workshops, music, literature, exhibitions and a whole range of free activities!
Huts family Western Australia 1954
Getting started
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 11:00am
Do you want to find out about your family history and don’t know where to start? Let us help you at one of our free and friendly talks at the State Library.
Cundeelee school children on a bush walk 1955
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 3:00pm
The Storylines Project connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the State Library of WA's heritage, history and photographic collections.


Collecting and preserving Western Australian history through photos, maps, newspapers, posters, films, music and so much more. View highlights, discover more and learn how to search the enormous heritage collection.

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