Secondary Teachers

Discover a world of stories, history and information at the State Library of Western Australia!

Our education experiences offer students from Years 7 -12 a chance to engage with our unique collections through exciting experiences facilitated by our Education Officers.

All programs support the Curriculum Framework and 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. 

Year 7 -Year 10

Beyond Books

Get to know the collections at the State Library. Play with newspaper headlines and see how things have changed on the streets of Perth.  

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.

Self-Guided Visits

Please contact our Education Officer to make a booking, telephone 94273202 or email

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 Discovery Lounge

An electronic information centre and community space, providing visitors with access to over 50 computers, express terminals, and free wi-fi. There is also an extensive range of current state, national and international newspapers, photocopies, colour printers and information sheets.

WACE Study Space 

A one-stop shop for WACE students. Study guides, past papers, Good Answer Guides and other WACE related resources and information can be found on the first floor of the library.

The study space is open to Year 11 and year 12 students during library hours seven days a week.


Additional Information  

Information for music specialist students and borrowing from the music library can be found on the Music Education page

Bookings & Enquiries

For further information please contact the Education Officer on (08) 9427 3202 or email

Programs must be booked two weeks in advance. 

Special Events & Exhibitions

Keep updated on all State Library events and activities by joining us on facebook. The State Library often hosts a number of special events for school groups throughout the year.


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Unlock your students potential by exploring the extensive range of resources including subject guides to our collections, digitised items, and access to over 150 databases, all available at the State Library. 

Subject Guides

The State Library produces a number of guides to assist adults to navigate their way through the collections. Whilst these guides are not targeted at students, they may be useful as a teacher's resource.

Dead Reckoning is a comprehensive guide to family history research in WA. Tracing family history can be a unique and sometimes challenging research project for students. This guide provides an overview of how and where to start the process.

The Guide to WA History  resource contains information on common research topics such as 'Gold' and 'Explorers', hints and tips on accessing archival materials, and searching the State Library catalogue.    

Looking for Aboriginal authors and illustrators? Click here (PDF) and scroll through to the last pages for secondary texts and ideas. Most resources listed are available through your local Public Library, whilst some are available on-site, or exclusively at the State Library.

Web Resources

Three sensational websites from the National Library of Australia that are great for use on a SmartBoard / Interactive White Board. 

Vrroom (Virtual Reading Room) is a fun and easy to use website from the National Archives of Australia. A great topic starter that draws on images, digitised archival material and snippets of related historical documents and ephemera.

Subscription Databases

Subscription databases allow students to access a wide range of credited resources not freely available on the web, simply by putting in their public library card number or visiting their local public library.

Digitised Newspapers are a great way to bring history to life. Students can keyword search, transcribe, and contribute to world history.

The Gale NewsVault  includes the British Newspapers 1600 -1900, which covers the 17th - 18th Century Burney Collection and 19th Century British Library Newspapers; and, the Illustrated London News Historical Archive (1842 - 2003) where students can explore more than a 150 years of the world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper.

The Berg Fashion Library is an interesting database that examines the history of fashion including shoes, jewellery, hats, clothes and much more. An unusual resource that is easy to navigate, with good images and text and is sure to interest students and teachers alike.

The Oxford history of western music is a unique resource that offers an account of the evolution of Western classical music. The full text is now available for the first time in an interactive digital format.

The following databases are more suitable for upper secondary students:

Australia/ New Zealand Reference Centre

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Good source of full text international and national magazines, newspaper and reference books. Includes biographies, image collection, maps and links to the video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century.

Please be aware that access to online databases from other than the library or home, that is schools and universities is not permitted under the licence agreements held between the Library and Vendors.

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Page last updated: Thursday 13 August 2015

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