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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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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Remnants of wooden tram trays adjacent to One Mile Jetty Carnarvon 2021
A two-day program of keynotes, panel conversations and a yarning circle will unpick the ways in which slavery continued to shape imperial relationships, economic networks and racial labour.
Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Wednesday at 10:30am until Wed 13 Dec 2023
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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Monthly on the third Wednesday at 7:00pm
A monthly online digital book club. Every month, join author David Allan-Petale in conversation with a new author to discuss their book. November's book club is Summer of Blood with author Dave Warner.


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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