Literacy Matters: State Library of Western Australia Literacy Strategy 2017

The State Library is committed to supporting and enhancing literacy attainment for all Western Australians. The Library’s literacy strategy champions the role of libraries as key partners in early childhood, family and adult literacy acquisition and lifelong development for all Western Australians.

The guiding principles are inclusion, collaboration, community leadership and sustainability. These four principles alongside three key goals of awareness, opportunity and access will guide the ongoing development of the action plan to align services and programs to achieve the literacy skills needed for living and learning.

Whilst Australia has a relatively high number of people with excellent levels of literacy proficiency, there are significant proportions of people in Western Australian whose literacy skills are poor. Poor literacy skills adversely affects people in a number of ways, including limiting the ability to actively pursue and achieve professional, educational and economic goals, and further personal and social development.

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Literacy Programming Toolkits for Public Libraries

Three toolkits have been created to support public libraries in the development and delivery of literacy programming.

Adult Literacy Collection

The ability to read and write is essential for everything we do throughout our lives. The State Library has resources for people who wish to improve their reading and writing or are learning English or another language.

Books and resources are located on the 1st floor and can be borrowed from the Library. Electronic resources can be accessed online through the catalogue with the keyword IELTS to find online resources for reading, writing and IELTS exam preparation.

Resources include books to help with spelling, grammar and IELTS preparation, easy to read books for adults (from beginner to advanced), with some including an audio CD and eresources

The online collection includes eBooks, audiobooks, newspapers in languages other than English and magazines. These resources can help you improve your reading, writing and English language skills.

To use the resources at home, you will need to be a State Library of Western Australia member. Join now! 

Reading and writing help services are available from: 

Read Write Now 1800 018 802 

Reading Writing Hotline 1300 655 506 

Children's Literacy Collection

Literacy development begins at birth – read, talk and play together every day!

Visit The Story Place to borrow graded readers if you are helping your child learn to read and explore Better Beginnings, a program which brings  together babies and books.

Last updated on: 4 March 2021