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.

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

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.

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What's On Today and Upcoming Events

Monthly on the last Wednesday at 3:30pm until Wed 30 Nov 2022
The Storylines Project connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the State Library of WA's heritage, history and photographic collections.
Family History WA (FHWA)
Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:00am until Thu 22 Dec 2022
Volunteers from the FHWA provide extra assistance to family history researchers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10am – 1pm.
Weekly on Friday at 10:30am until Fri 16 Dec 2022
Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families, followed by an hour of Play Time to help develop early literacy and learning skills.

Mr Chicken Sensory Play Space

Mr Chicken has transformed a corner of the State Library into an explosion of yellow. Come and explore the sensory play space he has created!

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