State Library Response to COVID 19

Tuesday 04 August 2020

State Library Reopening FAQs

  1. Is the Library open?
    The State Library reopened on Monday 18 May 2020. Our opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 8:00pm, Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm and on Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 5:30pm.
     
  2. Are there restrictions on visitor numbers?
    Yes, from 27 June 2020, there will be a 500 person limit on patrons in the building. It will be first come first served and there is no limit on the time that visitors can stay.
     
  3. Do I need to provide contact details to visit the Library?
    From 27 June 2020, this is no longer required.
     
  4. Can I borrow books and music scores?
    Yes, you can request items for loan via a Library staff member. Anyone who joined the Library while we were closed from 23 March  to 18 May 2020 will need to provide proof of address to loan items.
     
  5. Are library materials safe?
    It appears the risk of contamination from paper-based materials is low and scientific evidence shows it only lasts for approximately 24 hours. 
     
  6. Are discussion/study rooms available?
    No, due to physical distancing requirements these rooms are currently unavailable. 
     
  7. Are Rhyme Time and Story Time on again?
    At the moment, Rhyme Time and Story Time are still on hold, but our Better Beginnings team are posting great readings and ideas for your children twice a day on the Better Beginnings Facebook page.
     
  8. Can my family visit the Story Place (the kids' space on the Mezzanine Floor)?
    The Story Place has reopened for family groups. Like all spaces in the Library, physical distancing is still required.
     
  9. Can I bring my children to the Library?
    Yes, you can. 
     
  10. Do you provide hand sanitiser?
    Yes, all visitors should sanitise their hands on entering the Library.​
     
  11. Can I use the computers?
    Yes, computers are available for public use. There is a one-hour time limit.  Public computers can be booked on the Ground Floor of the Library. The keyboard and mouse will be cleaned regularly.​
     
  12. Can I print?
    Yes, print services are available.​
     
  13. Is the Battye Library on the Third Floor open?
    Battye Library reopened from 27 July 2020. State Records Office Search Room services are now collocated in the Battye Library.
     
  14. Is the Mystery Box service still available?
    No. Public libraries started to reopen from Monday, 18 May so check with your local government to see if your nearest public library will be open.
     
  15. Can I book a venue for a meeting?
    Some of our hire venues will be available for bookings from 15 June 2020.

COVID Safety Plan and Certificate (Phase 4 - 27 June 2020)

In preparation for Phase 3 commencing 6 June 2020,  the State Library makes available its COVID Safety Plan.

If you have any questions or feedback about the plan please contact the Library on 08 9427 3111 or info@slwa.wa.gov.au

State Library’s COVID Safety Plan - Phase 3 (6 June 2020)

In preparation for Phase 3 commencing 6 June 2020,  the State Library makes available its COVID Safety Plan.

If you have any questions or feedback about the plan please contact the Library on 08 9427 3111 or info@slwa.wa.gov.au

State Library’s COVID Safety Plan - Phase 2 (18 May 2020)

In preparation for reopening on Monday, 18 May 2020, the State Library makes available its COVID Safety Plan.

General information

Unsurprisingly, the spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19) has generated much discussion and the dissemination of unsubstantiated rumours and theories.

The State Library, like all libraries, prides itself on being a source of accurate information. This page on the Corona Virus provides links to credible sources of information on the virus. Currently this information is the information provided by the World Health Organisation, and Australian and Western Australian government departments.

Here you will find information on how best to protect you and your family.

Last updated on: 4 August 2020