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.

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!
Interviewing a living legend
In this workshop, learn how to conduct an interview and your write your own legendary story. You'll also get to meet a St John paramedic! For 7–12 years old.
Weekly on Monday at 10:30am
The LETS program offers a course of six weekly sessions for children aged 3 to 4 years and their carers. Families will practise their English skills in a small group through rhymes, a story, craft and play.
A City in Flux
Daily at 10:00am until Thu 27 Oct 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
Daily at 10:00am until Thu 27 Oct 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.
Family History WA (FHWA)
Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:00am
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
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
Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families, followed by an hour of Play Time to help develop early literacy and learning skills.
Getting started
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.
The Battye Fellow Annual Lecture 2022
On the centenary of the Wallal Solar Expedition 1922, join Battye Fellow Chloe Bartram, who will present the results of her exploration of the State Library archives. Find out more about the historic trek to witness the solar eclipse and prove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. A landmark moment in WA history and science!
on Seeing Other People
Australian best-selling author Diana Reid talks with award-winning journalist and novelist Emma Young about her upcoming novel. "Seeing Other People" is the darkly funny story of two very different sisters, and the summer that stretches their relationship to breaking point.

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