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.

Aboriginal family in camp in the South West ca1905

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Aerial photograph of the Mt Tom Price iron ore mine 1972

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Group camping near the Warburton ranges in 1980


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Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Monday, 10:30am - 12pm until Mon, Jun 24 2024
Interactive story fun for pre-schoolers and their carers. Followed by a half hour Play Time where families can explore literacy and learning through reading, talking, singing, writing and playing together.
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Online digital book club. Every month, join author David Allan-Petale in conversation with a new author to discuss their book. June is a memoir for everyone who loves a good real-life story "How to Avoid a Happy Life" by Julia Lawrinson.
Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Friday, 10:30am - 12pm until Fri, Jun 28 2024
Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families, followed by an hour of Play Time to help develop early literacy and learning skills.


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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