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In Australia, there are 4.4 million Australians with a disability. While the Library has some materials that reflect the stories of Western Australians with disability, we recognise that these stories are not well represented in our collection. This is something we want to change.
Opening ceremony of Commonwealth Paraplegic Games Parade of Nations showing Welsh team
Fremantle Then & Now Wins Interpretation Project
Fremantle Then & Now exhibition wins the “Interpretation Project” category at the Western Australian Heritage Awards. The interactive exhibition explores the changing face of Fremantle from the 1800s to the present day through a collaboration between Curtin HIVE and the State Library of WA.
Fremantle Then and Now exhibition
Recommended reading list
The 16 Days in WA campaign runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through to December 10 (Human Rights Day) each year. The campaign takes its inspiration from the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
16 Days in WA 2022
The State Library of WA is calling out for LGBTQIA+ related material, photographs, videos, posters, flyers and ephemera from events, social gatherings, festivals, historical moments, and daily life to add to the collection. The State Library's collections should mirror the diverse voices of WA, both past and present.
WA Roller Derby marching in Perth Pride Parade 2013
Today is World Preservation Day, an important day for us at the State Library - the memory bank of Western Australia.
Early map of the world designed by Philip Eckebrecht 1658
2022/2023
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DSCF3850Library busy with students studying
Delivered by Dr Kate Gregory, Battye Historian
Cracking O’Reilly’s Code - Assessing the significance of John Boyle O’Reilly’s 1868 Book of Poetry.
Dr Kate Gregory Battye Historian
The State Library of WA is seeking submissions from established or emerging WA Aboriginal artists, to create a contemporary artwork for a new culturally safe space in the State Library building.
Cultural space Level 3 of the State Library
Local musician, Ari Davis, finds his CD in the State Library collection.
Ari Davis Musician Holds his CD in the State Library
Public survey
The public are invited to participate in research survey aimed at understanding how you engage with and value cultural organisations like the State Library of WA.
From Another View exhibition opening Ground Floor Gallery of State Library of WA