State Library Response to COVID 19

Sunday 14 February 2021

State Library Reopening FAQs

  1. Is the Library open?
    Yes. 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, there is a 900 person limit on patrons in the building. There is no limit on the time that visitors can stay.
  3. Do I need to provide contact details to visit the Library?
    Yes, from 5 December 2020, it is a State Government requirement that anyone 16 years of age or over entering the State Library must register their visit for contact tracing. More information about registering via the SafeWA app can be found at There is also a FAQ available For those patrons that do not have the SafeWA app, forms will be available for you to write your contact details.

    If you refuse to register, you will be asked to leave the building.

  4. Do I have to wear a mask in the Library?

  5. 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.
  6. 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. 
  7. Are discussion/study rooms available?
  8. Are Rhyme Time and Story Time on again?
  9. 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.
  10. Can I bring my children to the Library?
    Yes, you can. 
  11. Do you provide hand sanitiser?
    Yes, all visitors should sanitise their hands on entering the Library.​
  12. 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.​
  13. Can I print?
    Yes, print services are available.​
  14. Is the Battye Library on the Third Floor open?
    Yes. State Records Office Search Room services are now collocated in the Battye Library.
  15. Is the Mystery Box service still available?
  16. Can I book a venue for a meeting?
  17. Is the Digitisation on Demand service available?

COVID Safety Plan and Certificate (Phase 4 – 4 December 2020)

View the current COVID Safety Plan.

If you have any questions or feedback about the plan please contact the Library on 08 9427 3111 or

COVID Safety Plan and Certificate (Phase 4 - 30 October 2020)

View the current COVID Safety Plan.

If you have any questions or feedback about the plan please contact the Library on 08 9427 3111 or

General information

Unsurprisingly, the spread of Coronavirus (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.

Last updated on: 14 February 2021