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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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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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!
Interviewing a living legend
In this workshop, learn how to conduct an interview and your write your own legendary story. You'll also get to meet a St John paramedic! For 7–12 years old.
Weekly on Monday at 10:30am
The LETS program offers a course of six weekly sessions for children aged 3 to 4 years and their carers. Families will practise their English skills in a small group through rhymes, a story, craft and play.
The State Library holds one of the largest, free, public music lending collections in Australia with over 70,000 scores and pieces of sheet music to borrow.

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