Getting Started with eResources

The State Library has a wide and growing range of electronic resources available for use by members and visitors. These include eBooks, audio books, eMagazines, online journals, current and historical newspapers and content services such as Ancestry and Kanopy. These resources can be found in the Library catalogue and on the eResources page.

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.

Here is a guide to forms of access:

Resources can be used from any internet connection by anyone with a State Library membership.

Resources can only be used on computers within the State Library building.

Resources can be used from any internet connection by anyone with a membership from any Western Australian public library.

Resources can be freely accessed by anyone with an internet connection.

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.

Need help using eResources?

Scroll through our quick video tutorials below for help using our eResources.

Use the arrows to navigate and play videos.
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.

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.
Last updated on: 27 March 2019