Your Source of Truth on Covid 19

Monday 23 March 2020

State Library Closure 

At 12.00pm today, as part of a nationally consistent approach, all cultural and art institutions in Western Australia will close in the interests of public safety in response to COVID-19. This includes art galleries, theatres, museums, and libraries across the State.

While the institutions will be closed to the general public, staff at these institutions will continue to work in the buildings.

I understand that these institutions are important elements of our community and temporarily shutting them down will cause hardship for many. However, our best medical advice is that this is a necessary step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

While the buildings will be closed, work on contingency plans to continue to provide services online are well underway.

For information on the services available online, I suggest you consult the websites and social media channels of the relevant cultural institution.

Duncan Ord OAM
Director General

State Library Closure Information

The State library of Western Australia has temporarily closed to help minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The good news is that although the building might be closed Library members can still access a large range of free materials from home – and if you are not a member you can become one by joining up online.

If you are a member of the Library you can:
Watch FREE movies and documentaries
Download FREE music, audio books and oral histories
Listen to FREE music, audio books and oral histories
Read FREE eNewspapers, eMagazines and eBooks
Learn a language for FREE
Discover more about your family history for FREE
Entertain the kids with FREE games, activities and movies
Search our online catalogue for pictures, diaries, maps and ephemera
“Ask a Librarian” – our FREE online service


Are there any library resources I can use while branches are closed?
Yes. The Library provides a wide array of digital offerings, including eBooks for borrowing – for details consult our dedicated eResource pages.

What if my items are due? Will I accrue late fees?
All current loans will be extended and no overdue fees will apply during the shut down.

Can I drop off my materials in outdoor book drops?
We do not have an outdoor returns chute, so you will need to hold on to the items you’ve borrowed until the library reopens.  As stated above all current loans will be extended and no overdue fees will apply during the shut down.

What if some of my holds are ready for pick up?
We will ensure your holds are available for you once we reopen.

My library card is about to expire. How can I renew?
All accounts nearing their expiration dates in March have been renewed until September of this year.

I have a question about my account? Is there anyone that can help me?
If you have any questions about your account or how to access digital resources please reach out to our ask a librarian service, call us on 94273111, or for eResources consult our dedicated eResource pages.

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.

As this event evolves we will continue to update this page. We may also source information from credible scientific publications.

Last updated on: 24 March 2020