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Subscribe to the State Library Education eNewsletter

Subscribe to our education eNewsletter to keep up to date with what’s happening with the education program at the State Library.  This quarterly eNewsletter highlights up-and-coming exhibitions and events of educational interest and professional learning opportunities. It also features information about the educational excursion experiences on offer and key resources in the State Library collection that will support and enhance your student’s classroom learning.

Professional learning

The State Library education team offers a range of opportunities for professional learning throughout the year with the launch of new programs, exhibitions and workshops. Half-day and whole-day professional learning programs for whole of school are available on request. The Library can tailor programs to suit your school or organisation.

Our education team offer expertise in:

  • online research skills – navigating e-resources
  • integrating critical information literacy into the Western Australian curriculum
  • engaging with literacy development
  • Western Australian history
  • planning excursions

Schools and organisations seeking enrichment on critical information literacy skills, planning excursions and Western Australian history are encouraged to complete a Professional Learning Request Form and an education officer will be in contact to discuss your needs.

Professional learning request

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State Library Membership

Membership at the State Library of Western Australia is free for all residents of Western Australia.  As a member you can borrow books and other items  from our collection and access a range of eBooks and other electronic resources, which can be accessed from home.

What are the benefits of membership for teachers?

  • access to carefully selected, credible eResources that provide background information and support curriculum content
  • access to historical sources to support teaching
  • borrow books from the State Library collection – physical and in eBook format
  • an extensive range of magazines.

What are the benefits of membership for students?

  • access to carefully selected, credible eResources for study use at home
  • borrow books from the State Library collection – physical and in eBook format
  • access to historical sources to support learning
  • free use of the Library computers.

Joining the Library is an easy process. It can be done online or in person. Ensure you have proof of Western Australian residency, for example: a Western Australian driver’s license, utility bill or Health Care Card/Pensioner Card from Centrelink. If you cannot come into the Library, you can email your scanned proof of identity, to library@slwa.wa.gov.au.

Your membership is valid for two years.

Become a member

Members must agree to the Terms and Conditions of Membership.

Teachers can organise for their students to obtain membership to the State Library.  Teachers can ask students and parents to follow the membership process from home, or, if wishing to arrange for students in class, as a group, to receive membership, you can contact an education officer at the State Library who can guide you through the process.

State Library membership provides students with access to credible eResources ​for study use at home and the ability to borrow books from the State Library collection, in both a physical and online format.  Due to the conditions of the Library’s subscription to the eResources in our collection, they are not for whole class use within the classroom.

For further information about membership for your students, telephone (08) 9427 3202 (Metro) 1800 198 107 (Country WA) or email ed@slwa.wa.gov.au

What's on

Asians and Afghans in Eucla with camels 1900
Unpick the often-mistold history of ‘camel men’ and their social, cultural and economic contribution to Western Australia. Delve into the origins of South Asian migration to Australia in the late nineteenth century and learn about the adventurers who built a life against the odds.
Aboriginal family in camp in the South West ca1905
Past/Present Future
Utilising photographs from Storylines, the exhibition provides examples of Aboriginal architecture and design from the late 19th century to the present to showcase the unique skills and practices steeped in cultural knowledge.
Ella and Faulkner Mackay looking at photograph album
Cherished Family Mementos from the Collection
The Keepsake exhibition examines why mementos and everyday objects often hold the key to family history and ultimately shape who and how we identify ourselves. Showcasing cherished family moments from the State Library’s collection.