Events

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.
Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
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.
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Calling all writers looking for creative inspiration in primary sources. Writers will receive an overview and guide to researching government archives and State Library collections.
Jalan Jalan Indonesian Screen Program promotional banner 2024
Indonesia Screen Program
Discover the rich diversity of contemporary Indonesian film, documentary, animation and television in this unique film festival presented in cooperation with Indonesiana TV.
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.
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.
Audible Edge Festival 2024 poster
Workshops and events
Tone List and the State Library present a series of free workshops in the 'Night School' program and performances that will offer new ways of engaging with music, sound and performance.
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with Chet Van Duzer
In this lecture, map expert Chet Van Duzer will examine changing ideas about the Indian Ocean from classical antiquity to the eighteenth century, focusing on how those changes are reflected in maps.
Film poster of Watander My Countryman
Film Screening
In a touching journey of self-discovery, identity and connection, Afghan refugee and photographer Muzafar Ali discovers that Afghans have been an integral part of Australia for a 160 years. Q&A following the film with Muzafar Ali and Director Jolyon Hoff.
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Live and Local 2024
Join us for one of Australia’s most loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling. A selection of headline events will be live-streamed to the State Library.
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.
Ella and Faulkner Mackay looking at photograph album
Cherished Family Moments from the Collection
Join us for the Keepsake exhibition opening and a panel conversation that asks us to consider the meeting points of science, literature and art and how they shape our collective humanity.
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