News from the Library

Wednesday 14 November 2018

The Backyard Book Fair at the State Library of Western Australia is an opportunity for your children to meet the writers and illustrators of their favourite books.

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Thursday 08 November 2018

The State Library of Western Australia is pleased to present a free public talk by Peter Ellery AM about the 1975 discovery of the giant Greater Sunrise oil and gas field in the Timor Sea. Ellery is the former CEO of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and Manager of Government and Public Affairs for Woodside Energy.

More details on Discovery and Development of the Greater Sunrise Oil and Gas Field, a free talk at your State Library
Monday 05 November 2018

On Sunday 11 November 2018, the State Library of Western Australia will offer behind-the-scenes tours as part of Open House Perth.

Fittingly named Beyond the Bookshelves, these guided tours will take you deep into the bowels of the unassuming brutalist State Library building in the Perth Culture Centre.

More details on State Library invites you to step beyond its bookshelves in back of house tours
Wednesday 17 October 2018
  • The new $50 note celebrates Western Australian icon, Edith Cowan OBE
  • Photographs from State Library's collection sourced for banknote design 
More details on State Library images used on new $50 note
Friday 14 September 2018

Find everything you need to know about upcoming exhibitions, events and workshops at the State Library in October, November & December in one handy guide.

State Library What's On: October, November & December (PDF 2.19MB)

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Thursday 09 August 2018
  • Exhibit features Richard Woldendorp’s photographs held in the State Library collection
  • Un/nature reflects the ways in which the Western Australian landscape has changed over time
  • Free event, open from 9 August to 23 September 2018
More details on State Library showcases remarkable aerial photographs by State Living Treasure, Richard Woldendorp AM
Tuesday 07 August 2018
  • Bibbullmun Bardi – Exploring Aboriginal Design celebrates Aboriginal fashion and textiles in Western Australia
  • Exhibition features  clothing, textiles, photographs and archival collections from influential WA Aboriginal design icons
  • Free event, open from 8 August to 30 September 2018
More details on Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Design on display at the State Library
Wednesday 25 July 2018
  • The free Disrupted Festival of Ideas is on this weekend at the State Library, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July.
  • Keynote speakers Craig Silvey, Genevieve Bell and Munjed al Muderis feature in a program of events that will inspire conversation and provoke ideas.
More details on 2018 Disrupted Festival of Ideas to explore technology and humanity
Thursday 12 July 2018

The State Library of Western Australia is pleased to announce that Steven James Finch and Gabby Loo have been awarded the James Sykes Battye Creative Fellowship for 2018.

More details on Winners of James Sykes Battye Creative Fellowship announced
Monday 25 June 2018

Find everything you need to know about upcoming exhibitions, events and workshops at the State Library in July, August & September in one handy guide.

State Library What's On: July, August & September (PDF 1.9MB)

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Wednesday 13 June 2018
  • More than 3,500 people are expected to visit a weekend of free activities and events at the State Library of Western Australia - July 28 and 29, 2018
  • Keynote speakers: Dr Munjed al Muderis, Professor Genevieve Bell and Morris Gleitzman
More details on Is technology making us less human? The State Library’s Disrupted Festival of Ideas debates the big questions
Friday 25 May 2018

At last night’s Library Board of Western Australia Awards ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia, the City of Armadale received the Library Board of Western Australia Award for Innovation and Excellence.

More details on Library Board Awards recognise recipients for outstanding achievements
Wednesday 02 May 2018

Screenwest has partnered with the State Library of Western Australia providing a significant boost to the WA Heritage Film Appeal in its final two weeks. Screenwest will pledge $8,000 to the Appeal to ensure its $10,000 crowdfunding target is met before the Appeal concludes on Friday 11 May 2018.

More details on Screenwest partners with the State Library to revive heritage Western Australian film
Monday 16 April 2018

The State Library of Western Australia is pleased to announce that Dr Ethan Blue has been awarded the James Sykes Battye Memorial Fellowship for 2018.

More details on Winner of the Battye Memorial Fellowship announced
Sunday 01 April 2018

Find everything you need to know about upcoming exhibitions, events and workshops at the State Library in April, May & June in one handy guide.

State Library What's On: April, May & June (PDF 2.2MB)
 

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Tuesday 20 March 2018

The WA Heritage Film Appeal, is a crowdfunding campaign calling on all who have an interest in the State’s heritage and in saving historical  film and television archives, has been launched by State Library of Western Australia.

More details on Calling on heritage and history enthusiasts to join the crowd and make a pledge!
Tuesday 20 March 2018

169 remarkable women have been inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame between 2011-2017. However very few personal records of the life and achievements of these women are available for access through the State Library of Western Australia.

More details on Finding the Herstory for 169 Remarkable WA Women
Tuesday 20 March 2018
  • Better Beginnings resources for infants with vision impairment
  • Benefits of reading to children aged 0-3 years
  • Rio Tinto acknowledged for investing in early childhood literacy 
More details on Early literacy program to include vision impaired children
Thursday 01 February 2018

Level One of the State Library of Western Australia will be undergoing refurbishment. To prepare for the upgrade, the collections on the floor will be moved and bookshelves will be emptied. If you have trouble finding the items you are looking for please speak to a staff member on the Ground Floor or Level Three.

More details on Level One is getting a makeover
Tuesday 30 January 2018

The Library Board of Western Australia is developing its next strategic plan to guide the State Library’s activities and operations over the next four years. The views of staff, stakeholders and the community all need to be considered as part of the development of the strategic plan. Have your say here.

More details on Strategic Plan Survey - have your say...
Wednesday 20 December 2017
  • Minderoo Foundation partners with State Library to fund major history project
  • Project to re-trace Sir John Forrest’s 1874 trek from Geraldton to Adelaide  
  • Award-winning Storylines will capture an Aboriginal point of view
More details on State Library partnership with Minderoo Foundation
Friday 15 December 2017

Welcome to the December edition of the Connect eNewsletter. Find out about the latest news, events and exhibitions at the State Library of Western Australia.

December Connect eNewsletter (934kb)

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Friday 15 December 2017
  • Over 120 individuals and organisations contributed to the State Library’s heritage collections in 2017
  • Rio Tinto acknowledged for financial support
  • State Library launches Peer of the State Library, a donor recognition program.
More details on State Library celebrates a year of collecting
Friday 15 December 2017

Find everything you need to know about upcoming exhibitions, events and workshops at the State Library in January, February & March in one handy guide.

State Library What's On: January, February & March (PDF 2.2MB)

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Friday 08 December 2017
  • ​New approach to ensure public libraries reflect community expectations
  • A single access card and management system among the measures touted
  • An implementation working group is being established to lead the consultation process
  • Public urged to provide comment on background paper and strategy released today
More details on Public libraries to be modernised in overhaul of system
Thursday 16 November 2017
  • Alternative Frequencies:40 Years of RTRFM celebrates WA’s longest running community radio station
  • Exhibition features a collection of audio, images, stories, memorabilia and equipment
  • Free exhibition at the State Library open until 11 February 2018
More details on State Library of Western Australia celebrates 40 years of Alternative Frequencies
Monday 06 November 2017
  • Bird Song exhibit offers an interactive, educational experience for children and families
  • Exhibit features John Hutchinson bird call recordings paired with scientific illustrations of WA birds 
  • Free event open from 6 November to 31 January 2018
More details on State Library showcases Western Australian birds in unique sensory exhibit
Monday 23 October 2017
  • In Plain Sight imagines what queer relationships may have looked like in Western Australia’s past
  • Exhibit features ambiguous photographs of intimate moments from the State Library’s collection
  • Free event, open from 17 October to 5 December 2017
More details on State Library explores the absence of queer perspectives in Western Australian history
Monday 02 October 2017

The State Library is now accepting public donations of campaign material in the lead up to the local government ordinary elections on 21 October.

Printed posters, flyers, how-to-vote cards, stickers and badges along with electronic campaign material such as emails, are welcomed.

More details on State Library calls for local election campaign material
Thursday 14 September 2017

Welcome to the September edition of the Connect eNewsletter. Find out about the latest news, events, exhibitions and acquisitions at the State Library of Western Australia.

September Connect eNewsletter (1973KB)

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Thursday 14 September 2017

The State Library is set to contribute to Perth’s thriving start-up scene with its own co-working space for entrepreneurs and creative thinkers. Taking its name from the Dewey decimal classification for knowledge, Studio 001 offers a fully equipped office space for individuals and teams to get their business ideas, plans and projects off the ground.

More details on State Library launches Studio 001, co-working space for creatives and entrepreneurs
Thursday 07 September 2017
  • Prestigious award for Better Beginnings program acknowledges best practice in literacy provision
  • McGowan Government committed to early literacy and quality library services
  • Program has reached more than 550,000 families over the past 13 years
More details on International accolade for WA early literacy program
Tuesday 05 September 2017

Find everything you need to know about upcoming exhibitions, events and workshops at the State Library in October, November & December in one handy guide.

State Library What's On: October, November & December (PDF 1.9MB)

More details on What’s On at the State Library: October, November & December
Thursday 24 August 2017
  • Funding secured to continue highly successful Better Beginnings early literacy program
  • Importance of reading to babies and children highlighted at Children's Book Week 
More details on Early literacy a priority for McGowan Government
Wednesday 09 August 2017
  • Photograph exhibit The Beauty of Zhejiang Province showcases Western Australia’s beautiful Sister State in China
  • Display includes 80 photographs capturing the dynamic landscape, vibrant people and culture of the Zhejiang Province
  • Free exhibit open until Wednesday 23 August, 2017
More details on State Library celebrates 30 years of Sister State relationship
Tuesday 08 August 2017
  • Botanical Wonderland explores Western Australia’s beautiful floral diversity
  • Exhibit features handmade seaweed hat, pressed wildflowers, watercolour paintings, hand coloured photographs, embroidery and porcelain
  • Free event, open from 10 August to 24 September, 2017
More details on State Library showcases exquisite wonders of the Wildflower State
Saturday 29 July 2017
  • Disrupted Festival of Ideas to run Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 at State Library
  • Keynote speakers Tara Moss, Tiernan Brady and Kon Karapanagiotidis will feature in free events
  • About 2,500 people are expected to attend, increasing vibrancy and activity in the Cultural Centre 
More details on 2017 Disrupted Festival of Ideas opens today
Wednesday 19 July 2017

The State Library of Western Australia has released its ten year Literacy Strategy aimed at meeting the promise for all Western Australians to have the literacy they need for living and learning.

More details on State Library takes the lead on literacy
Tuesday 18 July 2017

Disrupted Festival of Ideas is a weekend (29-30 July) of free conversations, intimate walking tours, live music and creativity, taking over the State Library of Western Australia.

More details on Disrupted - Festival of Ideas eNewsletter
Tuesday 13 June 2017

Welcome to the June edition of the Connect eNewsletter. Find out about the latest news, events, exhibitions and acquisitions at the State Library of Western Australia.

June Connect eNewsletter (1745KB)

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Monday 29 May 2017

At the Library Board of Western Australia Awards ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia on Thursday May 25, Ms Nola Allen, Ms Susan Ashcroft and Ms Sue North were each conferred the distinction of Fellow of the Library Board of Western Australia for exceptional service to the community in the development of the Better Beginnings family literacy pro

More details on Library Board Awards recognise recipients for outstanding achievements
Saturday 27 May 2017

Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum - the WA Story is an exhibition curated from Aboriginal peoples' perspectives. The exhibition focuses the story on resistance, survival and activism in WA.

More details on 1967 Referendum exhibition - Resistance, Survival and Activism
Monday 20 March 2017

Welcome to the March edition of the Connect eNewsletter. Find out about the latest news, events, exhibitions and acquisitions at the State Library of Western Australia.

March Connect eNewsletter (PDF 890KB)

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Monday 20 March 2017

Find everything you need to know about upcoming exhibitions, events and workshops at the State Library in April, May & June in one handy guide.

More details on What’s On at the State Library: April, May & June
Monday 13 February 2017

Celebrate UNESCO World Poetry Day, Tuesday 21 March 2017.  Join three Perth poets at the State Library for a reading of their works.

Capturing the creative spirit and discovering our stories are the common themes that unite the State Library of Western Australia and UNESCO in the celebration of World Poetry Day.

More details on Live @ the Library Tuesday Special: Three Poets
Friday 03 February 2017

Election campaign material issued by candidates tells a lot about Western Australia’s cultural, social and political history.

More details on State Election campaign material finds a welcoming home
Wednesday 25 January 2017
Wednesday 14 December 2016

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day acknowledged the work of the State Library and its many supporters in marking the 60th anniversary of the State’s oldest and most significant collection of heritage documents.

More details on Reimagining the stories of Western Australia
Monday 31 October 2016

Community language schools have received a welcome new resource with the launch of the Community Languages Collection at the State Library of Western Australia.

More details on New Resource a Boost for Community Language Schools
Monday 17 October 2016

Approximately 300 members of the Yungngora Aboriginal Community will benefit from the arrival of the Ideas Box prior to the coming wet season.

More details on Big Ideas at the Yungngora Aboriginal Community
Monday 03 October 2016

Renowned Australian author Helen Garner has won Western Australia's top literary award, the prestigious $25,000 Premier's Prize, at the 2016 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.

More details on This House of Grief Garners Top Literary Award
Friday 26 August 2016

Donation of documentary heritage materials contributes to understanding of how the mining sector has influenced the growth and development of the State.

Premier Colin Barnett tonight accepted a donation of fifty significant, historic materials from Rio Tinto Iron Ore on behalf of the State Library of Western Australia.

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Friday 24 June 2016

The State Library has purchased the first detailed chart of the west Australian coast, published in 1753. The chart was prepared by Johannes van Keulen, the Dutch East India Company’s mapmaker, using information from Willem de Vlamingh’s manuscript chart of his exploration voyage of 1696-97.

More details on State Library shows off new acquisitions to celebrate opening of Dutch Journeys exhibition
Tuesday 21 June 2016

This year’s Disrupted - Festival of Ideas at the State Library of Western Australia will be held on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July, and is centred on change.

It will explore the theme of small movements gathering momentum to seed big changes, with the provocative play on words subtitle of ‘Subject to Change’.

More details on State Library presents more than 30 innovative thinkers at the Disrupted Festival
Friday 03 June 2016

The State Library’s collection of election ephemera gives a glimpse into Western Australia’s cultural, social and political history.

More details on Today’s campaign mail, tomorrow’s original documentary materials
Friday 27 May 2016

At last night’s Library Awards ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia, Dr Ronda Jamieson was conferred the award of Fellow of the Library Board of Western Australia.

More details on State Library Awards recognise recipients for outstanding achievements
Thursday 07 April 2016

The State Library of Western Australia is pleased to announce that Dr Anne Scrimgeour is the recipient of the JS Battye Memorial Fellowship for 2016, and that artists Nicola Kaye and Stephen Terry have been awarded the inaugural JS Battye Creative Fellowship.

More details on Winners of Battye Memorial Fellowship and the first Battye Creative Fellowship announced
Thursday 04 February 2016

Storylines is the State Library of Western Australia’s online archive of collections relating to Aboriginal history. People can view, print and engage with thousands of photographs, as well as a growing number of oral histories, historical documents, sounds and movies.

More details on Storylines partners with the Yamaji Yanda Project and Geraldton Regional Library