Access for People With Special Needs

The State Library of Western Australia is a place for everyone.

We are not perfect yet but we are working to make our Library as accessible as possible.

To that end we are open to all suggestions. If you have a good idea tells us about it by sending us an email to or call us on 9427 3111 or just talk to our friendly front desk staff when you visit.

Note: We are working on providing updated accessibility information for the State Library. In the meantime, we have provided links to archived versions of information formerly available through AccessWA.

State Library building 

State Library Car Park  

Perth Cultural Centre 

Accessible Web Design

This site has been developed to ensure its content is available to the widest possible audience, including readers using assistive technology or accessibility features. By adhering to guidelines for accessible web design, we acknowledge the diversity of communication methods, available technologies and abilities of web-users in the community. The State Library of WA strives to maintain conformance to W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

Text size

You can change the text size of this site from within your browser.

If you are using Internet Explorer, from the "view" menu select "text size" and choose the most suitable size for you. If you are using a scroll mouse, holding the "ctrl" key and rotating the scroll wheel towards you will increase the text size. Rotating the scroll wheel away from you will decrease the text size.

If you are using Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Opera you can increase the text size by pressing "ctrl" and "+" and decrease your text size by pressing "ctrl" and "-.

Content pages

The content of the State Library website conforms to Level A of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 except for two areas:
a) Text transcripts of audio tracks from video files are currently not available.
b) Many text equivalents are not provided for PDF files.

Although progress has been made in making information within PDF files more accessible, a W3C compliant version is still needed for universal accessibility. An HTML summary of the files will be added over time where the PDF files do not fall under the intellectual property of other departments and organisations. Where this is the case, the responsibility of providing accessible versions of the PDF files falls to the provider of the file and links to accessible versions is included where available. Visit the Adobe website for more information on Acrobat accessibility.

Using Acrobat Reader

You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view some of the documents on this site. You can visit the Adobe Internet site to download the software. Follow the icon links and instructions at this site on how to download and install the Acrobat software to your system.

After installing Acrobat Reader, double-click a PDF file to automatically start Acrobat Reader and view the file. Or you can start Acrobat Reader first, then choose File Open to open and view a PDF file.

Contact Details

If you have difficulty accessing any of the content on this website please Contact Us.

Last updated on: 21 June 2021