State Library Response to COVID 19

Tuesday 12 May 2020

State Library Reopening FAQs

  1. When will you​ open?
    The State Library will be open from 9:00am Monday, 18 May. Initially the opening hours will be Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm and on Saturday and Sunday 10:00am to 5:30pm.
  2. Will there be restrictions on numbers?
    Yes, there will be a 20-person limit on patrons in the building. It will be first come first served and there will be a one-hour limit on the time that visitors can stay. Patrons will be able to return to the Library after they have had a break.
  3. Can I borrow books and music scores?
    Yes, you can request items for loan via a Library staff member. Anyone who has joined the Library since we closed on 23 March will need to provide proof of address to loan items.
  4. How will you make library materials safe?
    It appears the risk of contamination from paper-based materials is low and scientific evidence shows it only lasts for approximately 24 hours. All materials used will therefore be quarantined for 24 hours before they are returned to shelves for reuse.
  5. Will Rhyme Time and Story Time be on again?
    At the moment, Rhyme Time and Story Time will still be on hold, but our Better Beginnings team are posting great readings and ideas for your children twice a day on the Better Beginnings Facebook page.
  6. Can my family visit the Story Place (the kids' space on the Mezzanine Floor)?
    The Story Place will remain closed.
  7. Can I bring my children to the Library?
    Yes, you can. We have children's books you can borrow from the Ground Floor, or if you have a request for loan our staff can fetch it for you.
  8. Do you provide hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser?
    Yes, all visitors will be required to wash and sanitise their hands on entering the Library.​
  9. Can I use the computers?
    Yes, computers will be available for public use. There will be a one-hour time limit. The keyboard and mouse will be cleaned after every use.​
  10. Can I print?
    Yes, print services will be available.​
  11. Will the Battye Library on the third floor be open?
    The Battye Library will remain closed, but researchers will be able to request books and materials which will be delivered to the Ground Floor.
  12. Will the Mystery Box service still be available?
    No. Public libraries will start to reopen from Monday, 18 May so check with your local government to see if your nearest public library will be open.
  13. Can I still get digitisation on demand?
    Yes, you can continue to use this service while restrictions are in place.
  14. Can I book a venue for a meeting?
    Our venues will remain closed.

State Library’s COVID Safety Plan

In preparation for reopening on Monday, 18 May 2020, the State Library makes available its COVID Safety Plan.

If you have any questions or feedback about the plan please contact the Library on 08 9427 3111 or

General information

Unsurprisingly, the spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19) has generated much discussion and the dissemination of unsubstantiated rumours and theories.

The State Library, like all libraries, prides itself on being a source of accurate information. This page on the Corona Virus provides links to credible sources of information on the virus. Currently this information is the information provided by the World Health Organisation, and Australian and Western Australian government departments.

Here you will find information on how best to protect you and your family.

Last updated on: 15 May 2020