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.

Untapped: The Australian Literary Heritage Project

Bringing lost Aussie classics back to life

A grant for researchers and scholars closing 6 December 2021.
16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign and a courageous collection of stories presented in solidarity with survivors of domestic violence, recorded by the Centre for Stories.

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

Engage with WA Indigenous people through historical documents, movies, oral histories and photographs.

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.

Looking for a seminar or meeting venue in the CBD at a reasonable price?


‘At the Fence’ with Stolen Generations Survivors
Recreates moments from the institutionalisation of mixed descent Aboriginal children at mission sites. Shadows of the past, silhouettes of resilience and portraits of survival.

Upcoming Events

Weekly on Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm until Wed 15 Dec 2021
Informal ‘chatting’ sessions for adults whose first language is not English. Practice your English conversation, learn Australian expressions and meet friends.
Florette exhibition 'drop in' activity
Make a paper butterfly and find its new habitat in the garden of green. This activity pops up on the odd occasion between now and Jan 2022. See event details for dates and times.
Workshop for ages 5 - 7
Draw with author and illustrator Anna Walker. Broadcast live into the State Library from her studio in Melbourne, Anna will share how she creates stories and illustrates for picture books. 


A garden of green
Exhibition and creative installation relating to the picture book Florette developed in collaboration with the author and illustrator, Anna Walker.

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