Discover a world of stories, history and information at the State Library of Western Australia!
Our education experiences offer students in Kindergarten to Year 7 a chance to engage with our unique collections through hands-on activities facilitated by our Education Officers.
All programs support the Australian Curriculum and run for approximately 1 hour. Excursions to the State Library are free of charge and must be booked at least two weeks in advance.
Foundation - Year 2
Find it @ The Library
What can you find at the State Library? Discover what's in our mystery history box, flick through our photos, delve into our digital resources and much more.
Fun with Fairy Tales
Be inspired by well known fairy tales and re-tell them with your own digital version. Recreate classic stories and explore the features of a great narrative.
Then and Now 'Books to Go'
What was it like living in the 'olden days'? Use images from our pictorial collection to make your own history book to take home.
Year 3 - Year 6
Books and More
Discover the collections of the State Library. Compare maps of Perth over time, consider how newspapers have changed and recreate pictures from the past.
Create your own digital story using library objects and other props. Let your imaginations run wild as you explore the essential elements of story telling.
Digging Up The Past
We explore Western Australian colonial and pioneering history using children's stories. Research the historical facts behind these stories using information literacy skills to mine digital newspaper archives and Library collections.
Year 7 - Year 10
Get to know the variety of collections at the State Library. Play with newspaper headlines and see how things have changed on the streets of Perth. Play with photographs, ephemera items and digital resources.
Facts for Fiction
Explore the State Library collection and discover an author's secret creative inspiration. Develop information literacy skills to find primary and secondary source material which will bring our history alive.
- Excursion Management Plan (PDF)
- Plan Your Excursion for general information on visiting the State Library. Includes Public Liability (PDF) and Emergency Evacuation (PDF) documents
- Bookings and Enquiries
- Self Guided Visits
- Special Events
- Web Resources
For further information please contact the Education Officer on (08) 9427 3202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Programs must be booked two weeks in advance.
We strongly encourage all school groups to contact the library prior to their visit, even if they do not require a facilitated experience.
Please contact our Education Officer to make a booking, telephone 94273202 or email email@example.com
School groups are welcome to visit the library for self-guided experiences. Familiarise your students with resources for life-long learning and bring them into their State Library. We do request you let us know you are coming so we can ensure there are no clashes with other groups and we have adequate resources available for your use.
The Place (Years K - 3)
The Place is a dedicated space for students and families to play, learn and engage with books, puzzles, puppets, games, electronic resources, original picture book artwork, and unique sculptures. Why not complement your next excursion to the Perth Cultural Centre with a visit to The Place.
The Place is open daily, located on the Mezzanine Level and is free of charge.
The State Library is regularly involved in a number of special events for school groups, including; Children's Book Week, Make Your Own Story Book Exhibition, Special author and illustrator events, NAIDOC week, and Indigenous Literacy Day activities.
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Unlock your students potential by exploring the extensive range of resources including a guide to publications by Aboriginal authors and illustrators, digitised items, and access to over 150 databases, all available at the State Library.
Subscription databases allow teachers and students to access a wide range of credited resources not freely available on the web, simply by putting in their public library card number. The following resources have been subscribed to by the State Library of Western Australia. Encourage students to join their public library for free access to these resources from home or their public library.
Please be aware that access to online databases from other than a library or home, that is, schools and universities, is not permitted under the licence agreements held between the Library and Vendors.
Junior and middle primary
TumbleBooks is an extensive collection of animated, talking picture books and novels with options to read-along with or without sound. Access is easy with this step by step guide. Suitable for K-5 and ESL students and a great resource for reluctant readers.
This subscription service has been provided through Better Beginnings.
Intrepica is a comprehensive literacy resource that covers Pre-Reading, Phonics, Vocabulary, Spelling, Reading, Comprehension and Grammar. Activities are interactive, fun and engaging, promoting students' willingness to learn while facilitating their literacy development.
The program is an incentive based program where students earn credit for every exercise completed. Credit points can be used to purchase clothing and accessories for their avatar or used to play cool digital games in the 'Arcade'. Intrepica provides a safe and controlled learning environment where interaction between students is controlled.
This unique progressive reading and learning experience is suitable for children in years 1- 5. Follow the steps in this easy guide to discover a new reading experience. This subscription service has been provided through Better Beginnings.
To access this resource, you will need to be a member of your local Public Library and have your card ready.
Middle and upper primary
Pandora is a unique digital archive that has been capturing websites and digital objects since 1996. Students can gain an overview of changes in website design and content, and compare historical accounts.
Explore the extensive selection of online Encyclopedias and Dictionaries* by Oxford, MacquarieNet, Britannica, WorldBook, and the Australian Dictionary of Biography. These resources include photographs, maps, animations, audio clips, videos and links to student friendly websites and journals.
*To access some of these resources, you will need to be a member of your local Public Library and have your card ready.
Upper primaryThe Australian Dictionary of Biography provides students with a diverse range of information on over 10,000 biographies of historically significant Australians. Searchable by name, occupation or author this database is easy to navigate and is useful as a credible starting place for students to commence research.
Three sensational sites from the National Library of Australia. Suitable for students in years 4- 7.
- National Libraries Australia Digitised Newspapers
- National Libraries Australia map collection
- Trove This is Google for the National and Territory libraries around Australia and beyond!
- Vrroom from the National Archives of Australia is an easy to navigate site for teachers and students.
A comprehensive guide to publications by Aboriginal authors and illustrators. Suitable for readers in years K-2, 3-5, 6-7. Most resources listed are available through your local Public Library, some resources available on-site, or exclusively at the State Library.
Page last updated: Wednesday 5 March 2014