Year 7 to Year 12

Bookings are essential for all school visits. If you would like to book a guided experience for your students, complete a booking request, call 9427 3202 or email ed@slwa.wa.gov.au. All guided  and self-guided visits are free of charge.

The State Library's education workshops offer students from Years 7 – Year 12 the opportunity to access and engage with the Library's extensive primary source collections and understand the range of services available  for students in their high school years and beyond. Guided workshops and tours promote information literacy skills at all levels and can often be tailored to suit your individual curriculum requirements.

But why bring your class on excursion to the State Library?

  • Our workshops and educational experiences can reinforce and invigorate classroom learning.
  • Students get access to experiences and primary source materials that they cannot get in the classroom.
  • Students gain an understanding of services available to them to support their studies.
  • Excursions teach students how to behave appropriately in public spaces, build resilience and citizenship skills.
  • Excursions are a chance for the teacher to step back and observe their students in action and develop relationships on a different level.

The workshops offered link directly to the Western Australian curriculum and run for an hour.  Excursions to the State Library must be booked at least two weeks in advance and are free of charge.

Beyond Books Tour

Discover the collections and services at the State Library. 

Tour the library and consider how newspapers, maps, ephemera and photographs provide evidence of past events and their relevance when engaged in research and critical enquiry. Explore resources and services offered by the State Library for higher learning. This tour can be supported with the addition of the Search – General workshop.

Note: Please speak to an Education Officer about how you can tailor the Beyond Books Tour to suit your individual curriculum requirements.

This guided tour is 1-hour duration

Students will:
  • Engage with primary source materials.
  • Understand the role of the Library in preserving stories from the past.
  • Compare and contrast items from the past and the present.
  • Gain an understanding of the role of libraries in the local community.
  • Identify ways in which the State Library can support their personal study needs.

In this guided workshop, students develop investigation and research skills that support critical enquiry and evidence-based argument. Students use the State Library catalogue, eResources and recommended sites to help students improve their research techniques and find trustworthy information more efficiently. This workshop can be supported with an additional tour of the State Library building and services.

Note: Please speak to an Education Officer about how you can tailor the Search workshop to suit your individual curriculum requirements.

This guided workshop is 1-hour duration.

Students will:
  • Source and engage with primary source materials.
  • Understand the role of the Library in preserving stories from the past.
  • Identify and use key words.
  • Critically evaluate source materials for reliability of information.
  • Understand the importance of citing sources.
  • Disseminate information and identify key points.

Curriculum Links

HaSS: (WAHASS81), (WAHASS82), (WAHASS83), (WAHASS90), (WAHASS91), (WAHASS85), (WAHASS86).

The fight for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and lives began at the moment of invasion. In this guided workshop, students develop investigation and research skills that support critical enquiry and evidence-based argument, with a focus on the history of Aboriginal activists in Western Australia. This workshop uses the State Library catalogue and recommended sites to help students efficiently research information on Western Australian Aboriginal activists, and related significant events.

This guided workshop is 1-hour duration.

Students will:
  • Source and engage with primary source materials.
  • Understand the role of the Library in preserving stories from the past.
  • Identify and use key words.
  • Critically evaluate source materials for reliability of information.
  • Understand the importance of citing sources.
  • Disseminate information and identify key points.

Curriculum links

HaSS:  (ACHCK049), (ACHCK061), (ACHCK062), (ACHCK064), (ACHCK066), (ACHCK076), (WAHASS81), (WAHASS82), (WAHASS83), (WAHASS90), (WAHASS91), (WAHASS85), (WAHASS86).

Self-guided workshops

Self-guided visits provide flexible excursion options for all school groups. There are a variety of self-guided, educationally valuable activities available to choose from. Self-guided workshops can be used to enhance a guided workshop experience at the Library or be the sole purpose of your visit.

Exhibitions are often supported with student self-guided trails and teacher guides to ensure a high degree of engagement and educational value.​

Exhibitions - Ground Floor Gallery

Exhibitions in the ground floor gallery are designed with curriculum outcomes mind. With historical or literature-based themes, these engaging exhibitions provide opportunities to support learning outcomes.  Exhibitions are supported by self-guided trails, activities and teacher guides. Bookings essential. View our current exhibitions.

WACE Study Space

The State Library welcomes students studying for their exams or course work. WACE and ATAR exam related resources including study guides, past papers and Good Answer Guides can be found in our WACE Space on Level 1. 

If you wish to visit the WACE Space with your class group, we recommend you make a booking. Students wishing to utilise the WACE Space for individual study, are not required to book.

You can request an education workshop for school age students.
Last updated on 28 September 2021