The State Library holds around 1000 individual artworks that highlight and document the history of WA through visual representation and artistic responses to events, places and periods in time.
A Collection of historical personal diaries and working journals that provide insight into many people lives.
Ephemera is the transient documents of everyday life such as advertisements, leaflets, flyers, menus, tickets, scrapbooks and posters. Thousands of items are available and range from concert programs to shipwrecks logs.
The State Library holds over 13,500 Western Australian films, videos and DVDs. Featuring a range of historical and contemporary media, including government, commercial and educational films, home videos, and newsreels. The oldest film is from 1907.
The State Library aims to collect a copy of every map and chart produced in Western Australia and is a legal deposit library for all Government and private publishers.
The State Library holds one of the largest, free, public music lending collections in Australia with over 70,000 scores and pieces of sheet music to borrow.
The State Library collects and preserves the oral history of Western Australia in its oral history collection.
Around one million images make up the Pictorial Collection including photographs, postcards, slides, albums, glass negatives, illustrations and art works.
With illustrations dating from 1920 to the present day, the Peter Williams Collection collection showcases the artistry and diversity of Australia’s picture books. Discover highlights, exhibitions, interviews with creators and materials about the illustration process.
These original non-government records reflect the full range of human endeavour in the communities of Western Australia.
The Police Gazette of Western Australia (1876 onwards) is a valuable resource for researching police and criminals in WA.
An invaluable source of information for anyone who is doing family history or research on Western Australia during the period 1893-1949.
Nearly 900 WA newspaper titles are held by the State Library. From the manuscript newspapers of the early 1830s up to currently published titles. Newspapers are valuable sources of information, reflecting social, political and cultural history.
Australian Literary Heritage Project
Untapped is a collaboration between authors, libraries, and researchers to bring back to life Australia's lost literary treasures.
A curated loanable collection of nearly 2000 popular fiction and non-fiction books written by WA authors or about WA. The Read WA collection is on the Ground Floor inside the Discovery Lounge and contains newspapers, magazines and DVDs.

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This page last updated on 26 May 2023