The State Library has a wide and growing range of electronic resources available for use by members and visitors. These include apps, eBooks, online journals, audio books, eMagazines, current and historical newspapers and content services such as Ancestry and Kanopy. Many of these are available from home, and you can sign up for your free State Library membership to get instant access.

You can also access many eResources with your Public Library membership.

eResources List

View a full listing of all eResources and filter by subject.

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You can search by title or keyword.

eAudiobook Borrow Box on smartphone
Download free eBooks and join an Online Book Club.
The West Australian online on a desktop computer screen
Access eNewspapers and eMagazines for FREE with your library membership.The State Library subscribes to many newspapers in electronic format.
Kanopy movies on a tablet screen
Stream free films and music.
Frances Louisa Bussells diary 1841 on microfiche

Family history

Explore your family history. Some resources are accessible at home, and others only within the State Library. 

Fun with Fairytales with school children

For families

Access video content and digital books for children of all ages.

A person using a laptop

For teachers and students

Educational eResources.

headphones on books
The State Library now provides members with access to resources in app form.

Different forms of access

Most of these eResources are available for State Library members to use from anywhere with an internet connection. Many are also available to members of WA public libraries via the Western Australia Public Libraries Digital Media Collection.

Some, however, are only available onsite at the State Library. If you are unsure, please visit the Library or contact us for further information.

To access eResources from outside the Library you must:

You may also access certain eResources using a Library card from your local WA Public Library. Contact your local library for more information about available eResources and how to join.

Conditions of use

Use of eResources is governed by the terms of the licence agreements between the publishers and the State Library of Western Australia and users are required to comply with the terms and conditions set out in these agreements.

  • Use is permitted for private research or study purposes only and is not permitted for business, commercial or work related purposes.
  • Limited copying or reproducing from eResource is usually permitted for private research or study purposes only. Users should refer to any copyright or terms of use statements appearing within the eResource and comply with the instructions. Where no statement restricting copyright can be found, users should assume that as a minimum requirement they should comply with the Australian Copyright Act, available from the Australian Copyright Council website.
  • Use is for the registered member only and access is not transferable.
  • Students may use the eResources at home but schools may not place links to the eResource on school websites for students to use while at the educational institution.

To access tutorials to help you use a number of our most popular eResources, hover over the below image and use the arrows to navigate. To close a video and choose another, click in the top right hand corner of the video.

To see all available videos, go to the tutorials homepage.