What's On


Australia II is put into her pen at 1 Mews Rd Fremantle 3 June 1982
Australia II Uncovered
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australia II's 1983 America's Cup victory, we are showcasing our photographic collections with huge decals on the outside of the building.
m Captain Sneer I feel no fear
Step inside a storybook. Let’s see what we can find. Embark on great adventures, exploring worlds of every kind! Let your imagination run wild as you discover picture book art from the State Library’s collection in this interactive exhibition for children.
Cliff Adams Band electric guitar 1950
A digital display of photos depicting the evolution of WA's music scene over the past 100 years. Curated by West Australian Music (WAM) and the State Library, it draws on our collections and the snaps of countless photographers, fans, and artists.
Sewing garments Women clothing workers sewing in the Davidson Clothing Factory Welshpool 8 September 1949
Exhibition of textile works made by students in TAFE’s English language and textiles program accompanied by historical photographs that depict the garment-making and textile industry in Western Australia.

Upcoming Events

Family History Research Assistance
Family History WA (FHWA)
Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:00am until Thu 14 Dec 2023
Volunteers from the FHWA provide extra assistance to family history researchers. Please note this service is run by volunteers and may not always be available.
Blair Skerman on the set of Sound Twitcher
Over fifty years, John Hutchinson traversed WA, recording the sounds of birdlife in their natural, untouched habitat amassing a remarkable collection of recordings. A new short film created as part of the WA Reflections immerses the viewer in Hutchinson’s incredible work. Afterwards, join the filmmakers and a panel of experts.
Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Friday at 10:30am until Fri 15 Dec 2023
Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families, followed by an hour of Play Time to help develop early literacy and learning skills.
Homecoming  A Celebration of WA Jazz History
A Celebration of WA Jazz History
Celebrate 50 years of the Perth Jazz Society and 40 years of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra in a one-off concert and heritage event. Join legends of WA jazz in an eclectic live set, videos, interviews and historical materials charting the history and evolution of the scene.
Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Wednesday at 10:30am until Wed 13 Dec 2023
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.
Jameson Feakes performing on guitar as part of the Audible Edge festival of experimental and improvised music 2017
Jameson Feakes will perform live with his band, accompanied by photographs and videos from the Library's collections. Inspired by researching his family in the early 19th century, the album contains stories of hardship, loss, gardening and occasional absurdity.
Front of Library building at night
Perth Festival
Perth Festival and Writing WA have formed a dynamic new partnership to present Perth Writers Weekend. The State Library is proud to be hosting the Perth Writers Weekend, curated by Writing WA.

Awards, Grants, Fellowships & Projects

Tom Jewell and sister Joan at the Royal Show 1949
Information on Battye Fellowships, Premier's Book Awards, scholarships and Library Board awards.
Child and parent looking at Kids Kanopy on laptop screen
Find out about available community, public library and Better Beginnings Grants.
10187Musical band with instruments near grain sacks in a barn or warehouse c1932
Corridors of Blissterday winning submission is by Sze Tsang, who releases music under the name Samarobryn,
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