What's On


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.
Aboriginal family in camp in the South West ca1905
Past/Present Future
Utilising photographs from Storylines, the exhibition provides examples of Aboriginal architecture and design from the late 19th century to the present to showcase the unique skills and practices steeped in cultural knowledge.
Ella and Faulkner Mackay looking at photograph album
Cherished Family Mementos from the Collection
The Keepsake exhibition examines why mementos and everyday objects often hold the key to family history and ultimately shape who and how we identify ourselves. Showcasing cherished family moments from the State Library’s collection.

Upcoming Events

Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Friday, 10:30am - 12pm until Fri, Sep 20 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.
PCAF Perth Comics Arts Festival 2024
A weekend of FREE comic celebrations for the whole community! Local and international comic book professionals share their knowledge for creators, readers and educators. On Sunday, a showcase of over 80 comic book creators sell their work.
Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Monday, 10:30am - 12pm until Fri, Sep 20 2024
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.
Families attend a camp service Mt Margaret Mission with singing and the message in language ca1950
Monthly on the last Wednesday, 2 - 4pm until Wed, Dec 18 2024
The Storylines project connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the State Library of WA's heritage, history and photographic collections.
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.

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.