Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this page contains content that may be culturally sensitive.
The State Library Website and Catalogue include images, sounds and names of deceased persons. Please also be aware that they also contain images of people which are not yet identified, and some historical images contain nudity.
Some historical materials within our website and catalogue may include language and opinions that today are considered to be inappropriate or even offensive. The State Library does not endorse this language and apologises for any distress caused.
By selecting "Show warnings", please be advised that you will continue to receive subsequent cultural sensitivity warnings before viewing materials on the State Library website that may be considered culturally sensitive. You can opt out at any time.
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.
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.
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.