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Membership at the State Library of Western Australia is free for all residents of Western Australia. As a member you can borrow books and other items from our collection and access a range of eBooks and other electronic resources, many that you can use at home.
If you are not a Western Australian resident, you can still become a member to use our computers and access a selection of electronic resources whilst in the State Library on State Library computers.
Your State Library membership entitles you to a wide range of free services and access to the rich heritage collections of West Australia. Please consider making a donation to support State Library programs.
How to Join
Register as a new member.
Already a member? Login into My Library Card.
Members must agree to the Terms and Conditions of Membership (PDF 81KB)
Members under the age of 17 require the signature of a parent or guardian (PDF 119KB)
Renewing or Updating Your Membership
Your membership card is valid for five years.
If you have lost your card, have changed your contact details or your card is due for renewal, please telephone 9427 3111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I’m a member of my local library. Can I join the State Library too?
Yes. You need a separate membership card for each library.
2. Can I return books borrowed from the State Library to my local library?
You can only return to the local libraries those State Library books which have been borrowed from the local libraries using the Inter Library Loan service.
3. Why are some local library books labelled with the State Library barcode?
The State Library provides some stock to each local library. Items provided by the State Library are labelled with the State Library barcode.
4. Can I get my local library to order books from the State Library for me?
Yes. Speak to your local library staff about their Inter Library loan service.
5. What can I borrow from the State Library?
Not all library items are available for loan. Rare, valuable or heavy demand items, as well as all materials from the J S Battye Library of West Australian History are available only within the Library building during opening hours.
6. For how long are items available for loan?
Books - 4 weeks
Orchestral sets and playsets - 3 months
7. How many items can I borrow at one time?
Up to 8 items at a time may be borrowed. Your membership card is required to borrow or renew items.
8. Can I borrow items stored in stack?
Yes, as long as they are loan items.
9. Can children join the State Library?
Yes, children are welcome to join the library. You will need to complete a consent form (PDF 119KB) for them to use the Library computers or borrow items.
10. How do I check-out what I borrow?
Bring your item to check-out at the ground floor Welcome Desk in the State Library building; our friendly staff will help you.
11. Where do I return the items I have borrowed?
Return items to the Welcome Desk on the ground floor in the State Library building. You’ll see the returns sign there.
12. If I need the item longer the due date, can I extend my loan?
Provided no-one else has requested the item, you can renew the loan for one additional period. Inter Library Loans must be renewed through the Inter Library Loan Portal, and renewals are dependent on the lending library.
13. What happens if I lose or damage the item on loan to me?
Take care of the items you borrow as a replacement cost will be charged for items that are not returned or that are damaged beyond repair. An administration fee will also be charged for each invoice sent.
14. How do I borrow one of the Library’s eBooks?
Find the title you want listed on the Library catalogue. Click the link on the catalogue record and be ready to enter the details from your Library membership card on the screen.
15. How do I return an e-book when I’ve finished reading it?
After being available to you for 5 days, the system will close access to the e-book.
16. Can I get journal articles or chapters of books copied and delivered to me?
Yes. Copies of microfilmed records are also available. Use the Library’s Order Copies service.
If you wish to borrow physical items from the library, proof of identity will be required at the time of your first loan. For example:
- Western Australian driver's licence.
- Utility Bill.
- Health Care Card/Pensioner Card from Centrelink.
For children under the age of 17, we require proof of West Australian residency for a parent or guardian, as well as a completed and signed parent/guardian consent form presented at the Welcome Desk.
For print/copy members, we only need to see ID with your name. We will also ask you for a contact method, such as your phone number or email address.
If you do not have a permanent fixed address, we can work out a way to help.