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

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 Place (Yrs K to 3)

The Place is open when the library is open and filled with books, displays of original picture-book art, spaces that encourage imaginative play.  Come to our regular story-time sessions or create your own programs using this jam packed resource. Your imagination and your studentsí creativity are the limits…

The Discovery Lounge (yrs 6 to 12)

The Discovery Lounge provides students with access to over 50 computers and free wi-fi access.  Students will also find current Australian &international newspapers, flexible work spaces and State Library information. 

Music and Performing Arts Library

This unique public lending music library contains a large collection of items that complement all areas of music study. The collection includes scores and play scripts for loan, and listening and viewing pods. Membership is free. 

JS Battye Library of West Australian History (Yrs 6-12)

Students will find resources for any project relating to Western Australia in the J S Battye Library.  Students can  access the pictorial collections, Western Australian biographies, Government publications such as Hansard and microfilm of the Western Australian newspapers and research diverse topics such as biodiversity, river systems, town planning and local government.  

Guided Programs

Our School Education Programs offer students experiences engaging with our unique state collections facilitated by our Education Officers. 

All programs support the Curriculum Framework 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.

For bookings or more information, please contact the education officer on 9427 3202 or email

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.

Snappy Tales
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 well known children's stories. We further research the historical facts behind these stories using information literacy skills to delve into digital newspaper archives and Library collections.

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.

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