Library Organisation, Strategy and Structure


  • We value Western Australia’s unique and diverse stories.
  • We believe knowledge has the power to transform lives and that information should be freely available to everyone.
  • We keep the community at the heart of our decisions about collections, programs and services .
  • We collaborate to benefit the community.
  • We recognise that Western Australia is a large state with diverse needs.

Strategic Focus

The Strategic Plan 2018-22 (PDF 1.6MB) outlines the key objectives of the State Library of Western Australia as being:

  • A State Library for everyone...
  • one that embraces digital transformation...
  • and builds skills for the future.


The State Library of Western Australia comprises four directorates:

Collection Services

Collection Services manages and develops the State Library’s physical and digital collections and associated data, through collection activities and systems encompassing acquisition, processing, storage, preservation, digitisation, distribution and access. Rural and remote local governments are supported with the selection and management of materials for their public libraries.

Library Services

Library Services delivers services and programs that enrich clients’ experiences in connecting with the Library’s resources. These include the Better Beginnings family literacy program, educational programs based on State Library collections and children’s activities. The Directorate supports State Library clients, whether online or visiting the building, with specialist reference services and is developing the Library as a hub for the dissemination of creative ideas. Western Australian public libraries are supported with advice, training and professional development opportunities.

Strategic and Corporate Services

Strategic and Corporate Services supports the organisation in the areas of financial management and budget planning, human resource services and building management. Some information and communication technology services and human resources services, building maintenance services, payroll and financial processing are provided in collaboration with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.


Executive Services manages internal audit, marketing and communications functions, strategic projects and support services to the CEO, the Library Board and other strategic partners. This includes providing policy advice and research support on issues and trends relevant to the State Library and the Library Board. Executive Services is also responsible for providing advice to the Minister for Culture and the Arts.

Last updated on: 18 Jun 2019