What's On


by Leigh Hobbs
A showcase of original pen and gouache illustrations from the book Old Tom: Man of Mystery (Allen & Unwin) by beloved children’s author and illustrator Leigh Hobbs.
WA Music Photography from the Archives
From the stately ballrooms of pre-war Perth to sweaty pubs and backyard parties, relive the rush of live music through an extensive digital display of music photography spanning almost a century.
Explore the sights and sounds of the night in this exhibition of original picture book art from the State Library’s Peter Williams Collection.

Upcoming Events

Mr Chicken has transformed a corner of the State Library into an explosion of yellow. Come and explore the sensory play space he has created!
Family History WA (FHWA)
Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:00am until Thu 22 Dec 2022
Volunteers from the FHWA provide extra assistance to family history researchers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10am – 1pm.
Weekly on Wednesday at 10:30am until Wed 14 Dec 2022
Weekly on Wednesday 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.
Weekly on Friday at 10:30am until Fri 16 Dec 2022
Weekly on Friday at 10:30am
Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families, followed by an hour of Play Time to help develop early literacy and learning skills.
A City in Flux
Weekly on Tuesday at 9:30am until Thu 22 Dec 2022
Weekly on Thursday at 3:00pm until Thu 22 Dec 2022
In collaboration with XR:WA, an immersive Virtual Reality time-lapse history of built Perth. This stunning architectural VR story takes the viewer on a breathtaking journey from the ground up to a bird’s eye view.
History at your Fingertips
Weekly on Tuesday at 9:30am until Tue 20 Dec 2022
Weekly on Thursday at 3:00pm until Thu 22 Dec 2022
Through unfettered access to architectural plans, photographs, and personal documents held in the Library collection, this VR experience allows you to explore the buildings and the hidden history of the closed resort and Andalusian horse show.
Getting started
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 11:00am
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 11:00am
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.
Monthly on the last Wednesday at 3:30pm
The Storylines Project connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the State Library of WA's heritage, history and photographic collections.

Awards, Grants, Fellowships & Projects

Information on Battye Fellowships, Premier's Book Awards, scholarships and Library Board awards.
Find out about available community, public library and Better Beginnings Grants.
Corridors of Blissterday winning submission is by Sze Tsang, who releases music under the name Samarobryn,
This page last updated on 29 September 2022