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Library interior Level 3
29 February to 14 March 2024
Level 3 of the State Library will be partially closed from 29 February to 14 March 2024. We apologise for the inconvenience. Retrievals will be available from the Leah Jane Cohen Reading Room.
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LOTE4Kids is a digital collection of picture books (ebooks and audiobooks) in a diverse range of World Languages.

Western Australia Bonnes 40 chain cadastral map 1D40 1917
WA Bonnes 80 chain cadastral maps
WA history
The Preservation Team has recently completed digitising the Western Australia Bonnes 80 chain cadastral series of maps covering most of the lower third of Western Australia and showing land boundaries from approximately 1896-1984.


Recording the burn with Nyul Nyul rangers at Beagle Bay
Women knowing fire
Aboriginal stories
WA history
A podcast and short film exploring the fire knowledge of Aboriginal women. Such knowledge has been essential to the survival and cultural practices of Indigenous communities across millennia.
Hyland family acrobats 190-
WA history
Agnes Hyland (1878-1939) was a professional horse trainer and circus performer that travelled the world in the early 1900s. She performed at the coronation of King George V, was a part of the Barnum and Bailey Circus and became the star act in Hyland's Circus.
Marie Taylor Elder in Residence The Wetland Centre walks with Professor Stephen Hopper UWA at Walliabup Bibra Lake
Aboriginal stories
WA history
A film exploring the rich knowledge held by the Whadjuk women of the Nyungar nation about the trees of southwestern Australia who understand their specific qualities, uses and value to the Nyungar people.


Crow Baby book cover by Helen Milroy
Crow Baby tells the story of Daisy, born of two spirits – one crow and one human, who must live between two worlds. Embark on a journey into the heart of First Nations storytelling in this exhibition of picture book artwork by acclaimed author and illustrator, Helen Milroy. 
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A Taste of WA Brewing History
Explore WA’s rough and tumble relationship with beer. From pre-colonial fermentation and the earliest homebrews to the mighty Swan Brewery taking on the world, the stories and objects in this exhibition chart entrepreneurialism, activism, bitter rivalries and social change.
Asians and Afghans in Eucla with camels 1900
Unpick the often-mistold history of ‘camel men’ and their social, cultural and economic contribution to Western Australia. Delve into the origins of South Asian migration to Australia in the late nineteenth century and learn about the adventurers who built a life against the odds.

Upcoming events

Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Friday at 10:30am until Wed 27 Mar 2024
Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families, followed by an hour of Play Time to help develop early literacy and learning skills.
Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Monday at 10:30am
Interactive story fun for pre-schoolers and their carers. Followed by a half hour Play Time where families can explore literacy and learning through reading, talking, singing, writing and playing together.
Person reading eBook on eReader
A monthly online digital book club. Every month, join author David Allan-Petale in conversation with a new author to discuss their book. Join us for a special edition Libby Book Club in February both online and in-person at the State Library of WA.
Huts family Western Australia 1954
Getting started
Do you want to find out about your family history and don’t know where to start? Let us help you at one of our free and friendly talks at the State Library and we’ll show you.
Cundeelee school children on a bush walk 1955
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 2:00pm
The Storylines project connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the State Library of WA's heritage, history and photographic collections.
Studio portrait of Salaam Kaker ca 1914
Join us for the opening event and panel conversation to get a glimpse into what life was like for the men who opened up inland Australia and helped spark the biggest goldrush in the west. Were they Sheiks, Fakes, Cameleers… or much more?

Game Changers Podcast

Hear stories from WA local women who rose up against inequality and stereotypes to champion the game of soccer as far back as the 1970s.

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