How to use the Catalogue

The State Library of Western Australia's Catalogue is a goldmine of articles, books, journals, databases, maps, films, photographs, posters, archives and ephemera. 

How do you find what you are searching for amongst the one million images, 70 000 pieces of sheet music and scores, 44 000 maps and charts, and 15 000 hours of oral histories? Not to mention enough police gazettes, newspapers, databases and post office directories to sink a ship. 

The historical information available in the collection is vast. Whether you are researching your family history, trying to find old newspapers or solving a mystery from your town's past. Learn how to dive in. 

Find out how to use and search the Catalogue. Searching basics, advanced search, indexes and online book bags. Learn about availabilities, request and help with eResources.
Videos explaining how to search the Catalogue for photographs and Trove for newspapers.

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The State Library catalogue is a mine of information. Starting digging for photographs, books, maps, diaries, film, music and Western Australian history.

Useful pages....

Engage with WA Indigenous people through historical documents, movies, oral histories and photographs.
Many useful resources accessible digitally online or in the State Library and State Records Office to help family history researchers.
Collecting and preserving Western Australian social and documentary heritage through photographs, films, oral histories, music, maps, newspapers and post office directories. View highlights and learn more about the historical collection.
This page last updated on 10 May 2022