Throughout the year the State Library organises a range of exciting events, most of them free.

For events at a glance, check out the events calendar.

From stimulating lectures and talks inspired by our exhibitions and collections to films and concerts - there is something to interest everyone.

All venues at the Library are wheelchair accessible.

Be Inspired @ the State Library

As part of the State Library of Western Australia’s 125th anniversary celebrations we are presenting a new series of public talks and YOU are invited!

Discussion theme for October is Emerging Writers

Be Inspired @ the State Library - Perth

Hear from two exciting new voices in WA literary culture. Premier's Book Awards shortlisted authors in the 'Western Australian Emerging Writers' category, Yvette Walker and Dawn Barker.
Hosted by well-known writer and writingWA board member, Amanda Curtin.

What: Be Inspired @ the State Library – October: Emerging Writers
When: Thursday 2 October, 6pm - 7pm. Discussion starts at 6pm sharp.
Where: State Library Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street Perth
Bookings:  This is a FREE event but bookings are required.
Secure your seat by visiting  or call 08 9427 3111

Copies of the authors’ books will be available to purchase and for signing in the Theatre foyer.

We hope you can join us! 

Contemporary Today, Historical Tomorrow Photo booth

Picture yourself in history. Visit our green screen photo booth to have your photo taken in an iconic Western Australian location.

View historical and contemporary photographs from the State Library of Western Australia collections, side by side in the accompanying Then and Now display. Discover how photographs can be contemporary today, historical tomorrow. 

Monday 22 September, 2-4pm 
Photo background: Atlantis Marine Park, 1988 
Wednesday 24 September, 2-4pm 
Photo background: Perth City Baths, c1900
Friday 26 September, 2-4pm 
Photo background: Murray Street, 1962 
Saturday 27 September 2-4pm 
Photo background: Surf Life Savers, 1938 

Where: State Library Nook, Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street Perth
Free event, no bookings required. 

Photos from the photobooth are available for download from the State Library Flickr:

Recorded Lectures

Listen to Kate Burridge's witty and entertaining U3A / SLWA lecture from Sunday 2 October 2011 on swearing, Taboo Words. Be prepared for frequent coarse language!

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