Find Books

Books and e-books are listed on the State Library catalogue.  There are many different ways to search for a book on the catalogue:

  • title
  • author
  • keyword
  • subject
  • call number
  • ISBN (International Standard Book Number). 

If you find a book you want to borrow, request it from either The State Library, through our Get-it! Service or through your local public library.  Some State Library books cannot be loaned but all of them can be viewed in the building. 

TITLE SEARCH

The easiest way to find a book is to do a title search on the State Libraryís catalogue which is available on any computer in the library or online www.slwa.wa.gov.au

Search by Title

  • Click Search our catalogue from the State Library's home page
  • Click Search the Main Catalogue
  • Click Title
  • Type the name of the book in the Title Search box eg The future eaters
  • Click Search
  • Select the title that most closely matches by clicking on the underlined title
  • Scroll through the records by selecting Previous Page or Next Page
  • Click Return to Browse if you wish to view your original list

Find the Book on the Shelf

  • In the Location box is the floor number for the State Library eg 1st Fl, Shelves or the library name eg Mundaring if the book is in a public library
  • In the Call No box is the call number eg 304.2 followed by the first three letters of the authorís name eg FLA. 
  • If the book is out on loan to a public library or State Library member there will be a date eg DUE 23-04-09 in the Status box.  There will be no date if the book is on the shelf in the building.
  • If the Message box says Request Item please click on the Request button at the top of the screen.  The book will be delivered to either the 1st or 3rd floor retrieval shelves.
  • If there is no information in the Status or Message boxes the book will be on the open shelves.  Write down the call number eg 304.2 FLA and the floor number
  • Find the book on the shelves
  • Please ask a librarian or library technician on a reference desk for assistance if you cannot find the book.

AUTHOR SEARCH

If you cannot remember the title of the book but know the authorís name try an author search.

Search by Author

  • Click Search our catalogue from the State Library's home page
  • Click Search the Main Catalogue
  • Click Author
  • Type the authorís surname and first name, if known, in the Author box eg Ďfunder annaí
  • Click Search
  • Select the author that most closely matches by clicking on the underlined author OR you may see a list of your authorís titles
  • Scroll through the records by selecting Previous Page or Next Page
  • Click Return to Browse if you wish to view your original list
  • To complete your search follow the steps from Find the Book on the Shelf as above.

KEYWORD SEARCH

Keyword searching searches almost anywhere in the catalogue record eg subject, author, title, summary but not publisher or place of publication.

Search by Keyword

  • Click Search our catalogue from the State Library's home page
  • Click Search the Main Catalogue
  • Click Keyword
  • Type words you know eg words from the title and authorís name eg amnesia james
  • Select the title that most closely matches by clicking on the underlined title
  • Scroll through the records by selecting Previous Page or Next Page
  • Click Return to Browse if you wish to view your original list
  • To complete your search, follow the steps from Find the Book on the Shelf as above.

HELP

Please ask a staff member at an enquiry desk for help if you cannot find the book you are looking for.  If you are outside the State Library you can seek assistance by:

1.  telephone:  9427 3111
2.  email:  Your Enquiry Service (YES)

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Page last updated: Tuesday 29 May 2012

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