Borrowing Items

Borrowing and Renewing

State Library membership allows you to borrow items such as books, music score sheets and play scripts. Up to eight items may be borrowed at a time. Books can be borrowed for four weeks. Orchestral Sets and Play Sets (multiple copies of a play script) can be borrowed for three months.

Rare, valuable, items in heavy demand and materials from the J S Battye Library of West Australian History are available for viewing only within the library building during opening hours. 

Loans should be renewed to avoid fees being charged on overdue items. If other members have reserved the item then a request for renewal will be declined. Items can only be renewed once.

Renew loans online by logging in to membership with the details from your State Library membership card or contact the State Library at

Check Out and Return

Returns are made to the Welcome Desk on the ground floor.  Library staff will assist with the checkout and return process. 

Special Notice:

Take care of the items you borrow, as a replacement cost will be charged for items that are not returned or that are damaged beyond repair.

An Administration Fee will be charged for each invoice issued.

Home Delivery Service

A home delivery service is offered for $10.00 per item. Express Post is used to deliver items. The return of loans, via post or in person, to the State Library is at your expense. Returns should not be made via local libraries.

To request home delivery, choose "home delivery" as the Pick-up Location and you will be sent a link to BPoint for payment by credit card.

Last updated on: 2 January 2020