Plan Your Excursion

A comprehensive overview of the building, facilities, resources, expectations and supervision requirements can be found in the Excursion Management Plan.

The State Library is located in the Perth Cultural Center, next to the Western Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of WA. Entry to the library is via James Street or Francis Street. We are situated near the Perth train station and the Blue CAT bus route.

To make the most of your excursion visit On the day for essential information for school groups. 

Bus Parking 

Available on Beaufort Street (Museum side) or along Francis Street. Contact the City of Perth on 9461 3885 for further information.


All school programs, events and exhibitions to the Library are free of charge.

Education Experiences

Suggested session times for facilitated are as follows:

  •  9.45  am
  • 11.00 am
  • 12.15 pm

All sessions runs for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Group Size

The maximum number of students per facilitated lesson is 35.

Duty of care for visiting students remains with the attending teacher. It is a  requirement to provide a supervisory team for excursions. We recommend 1 adult per 6 students for junior primary and 1 adult per 15 students for middle primary and secondary students.

Library staff assisting with school groups will present activities but are not responsible for the supervision of students.

Please advise if you have students with special needs. The venue is suitable for wheelchairs, with lift access to all floors and disabled toilets and drink fountains.


Teachers are welcome to bring students into the library for self-guided visits. We strongly recommend that all groups contact the State Library on 9427 3202 to book their visit, even if they do not require a guide or other educational services.

Visit What's On for current events and exhibitions

Emergency Procedures and Public Liability

The State Library is a government owned facility, thus we are insured by Riskcover and comply with Public Liability Insurance requirements for the excursion management policy. Evacuation Procedures Documents are available in PDF or by phoning 9427 3202.

On the Day

Teachers are asked to assemble their students outside the library. An adult should register your arrival at the Welcome Desk. The Education Officer or Librarian will meet your group and arrange a trolley for storage of bags and lunch baskets.

Teaching staff are required to accompany the students at all times whilst in the library. It is the teacher’s responsibility to actively monitor student behavior and intervene when necessary.

Please be punctual, late arrivals will result in a shortened tour experience.

Bag Check

There is limited space for bag storage and we encourage schools to only bring essential items with them on excursions. If it is necessary to bring bags, we can check in bags and drink bottles as a group. Lockers are available for securing valuables if required by teaching staff.  It is important to note the locker number and the pin number you select for the lock.

Food and drink are not permitted in the library and talking on mobile phones is discouraged.


Toilet facilities (including disabled) and drink fountains are located at the Francis street end of the foyer. There are drink fountains and toilets on all floors of the Library, except the Mezzanine Level.


Space is available for students on either the grassed area or the paved area (under cover) directly outside the library (James Street side). Please note that the Library can not provide lunch space for students within the building.

Lunch baskets can be stored at the library, please arrange this prior to your visit 9427 3202.

Photocopiers and Printers

On all floors of the building. Students will need a card with a magnetic strip in order to photocopy. A list of fees and charges for copying and other services is available. Ensure students come to the library with enough money (preferably change) for photocopying and printing if this is required.

Aroma Café

On-site and open during library opening hours. Lunches can be arranged by phoning 9427 3102. Students are welcome to use the cafe in small groups.

State Library Shop 

On-site and open from Monday – Friday 10.00am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12.00 to 5.00pm. It sells good quality discard books from 50cents and has an extensive selection of adults and children’s literature.

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