Guide to Public Libraries

Public Libraries in Western Australia

The 232 Public Libraries within Western Australia offer a wide range of resources and services for people of all ages, including:

  • Books for recreation and information
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Reference resources, including encyclopedias and directories
  • Access to State Library website and a range of online databases
  • Internet facilities
  • Large print books
  • Talking books and DVDs
  • Music CDs, Games and Jigsaws
  • Books and other resources in 50 community languages other than English
  • Resources for learning a language
  • Community and local history information
  • Photocopying facilities
  • Resources and services for children and young people
  • Services for Seniors
  • Services for a multicultural Western Australia
  • Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Assistance with literacy and numeracy
  • Services to people with disabilities 

You are entitled to join your local public library.  All you will be required to do is show identification and proof of your current address.  There is no charge to join your local public library.  If you are under 18 years of age your parent or legal guardian may need to be present when you join.

Please check with your local library for more information on becoming a member and to discover the range of materials and services it provides.  If your local public library does not have what you are looking for, the staff may be able to request it for you from another library on inter library loan.  You can use our catalogue to find information both at the State Library and throughout the public library network by selecting the "Entire State Library of WA Collection" option, or just materials in the public library network by selecting "Public Library Stock".

Locating your local Public Library

The Australian Libraries Gateway is a free Web-based directory service which has information about more than 6,300 Australian libraries, their collections and services.

To find a library using the gateway, enter the library name into the Name box, select WA for the Location, and select public for the Library Type. If you do not know the name of your library, simply leave the Name box blank (choose WA and public) - this will return a list of all public libraries in WA.  From this list you will find:

  • Library branch name, & related libraries
  • Address and contact information
  • Library catalogue
  • Opening hours

You could also choose to use the map to find libraries in regional Australia.  Click on "Use the map to find libraries in regional Australia", and then select WA and public, then select the Region you are interested in.

Search the Australian Libraries Gateway.

Public Library Address Labels

Here is an easily formatted list of public library addresses for creating postage labels for contacting public libraries in Western Australia.

Download the public library addresses csv file.

Cataloguing Changes

The State Library has implemented a Data Quality Improvement Project in order to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the data contained in the library catalogue.  Questions, comments, or errors in records can be forwarded to: quality@slwa.wa.gov.au

Public Libraries and Us

The State Library:

  • provides public library collections of catalogued books and other materials, and
  • facilitates the provision of the a wide range of information services

to the people of Western Australia through a State-wide network of public libraries managed by local government. 

The partnership between State and local governments, and other participating bodies, is maintained and developed through consultation, joint decision making and agreed standards.  A range of training programs are provided to improve the range and level of services offered by public libraries.

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Page last updated: Wednesday 6 March 2013

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