Library information and services
If you’re a Library member but don't have time to browse the collection, you may want to try our Mixed Bag service. Contact us to register and we’ll take your preferences. Library staff will then hand-pick items for you and let you know when you can visit the Library to collect them.
Want to borrow from the Library but can’t visit due to illness, injury or a disability? If you are a resident of the City of Perth and are permanently or temporarily housebound, we can deliver Library items to you. This is a free service for residents in the City of Perth’s local government area. We visit regularly and can make the selection for you. Our friendly staff will discuss your preferences with you. Choose from our wide range of books, DVDs, BluRays, audiobooks and magazines. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible.
Justice of the Peace
A Justice of the Peace is based at the Library to witness or certify documents on Sundays from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. This is a free service, and no appointment is necessary.
The Justice of the Peace service will be taking a break over Christmas with no service on-
Sunday 17 December 2023
Sunday 24 December 2023
Sunday 31 December 2023
The service will resume in the New Year from Sunday 7 January 2024.
If you need certified copies of documents, please do not sign them beforehand. You will need to bring:
- The original document and the copies to be signed.
- If your document requires a second witness, bring someone with you who has agreed to do so.
- Photo identification.
- Information about borrowing from the Library collection.
- Information about online resources.
- Information about computers, WiFi, printing and copying facilities.
Contribute to our programs
Would you like to partner with the City of Perth Library to bring some exciting new programming to our community?
Criteria for programming
The City of Perth Library will only consider activities that are free and open to the public, and would be of interest to the general community.
Further, the program must address one of the following criteria:
- Activities and events that create a strong sense of community vibrancy, connection, education, culture and wellbeing
- Activities that appeal to a range of diverse community groups and the wider community.
- Activities or events that have an environmental, and/or social focus.
- Activities and events that offer opportunities for lifelong learning.
Email your ideas to email@example.com.
To be eligible to partner with the City of Perth Library, the applicant must:
- be a legally constituted entity or individual with an Australian Business Number (ABN); or
- be a not-for-profit or social enterprise, or a community group under the auspice of an Australian legally constituted entity; and
- have appropriate insurances and licenses where required;
The City of Perth Library will not consider applications from:
- the Commonwealth or State Government Departments;
- a political party;
- an applicant that supports, promotes or facilitates violence, intolerance or discrimination;
- an employee or elected members of the City of Perth, or their immediate family;
- an applicant that has outstanding debts to the City of Perth;
- an applicant who is in legal conflict with the City of Perth;
- an applicant that conducts themselves in a way considered to be injurious or prejudicial to the character or interests of the City of Perth.
About your Library
The City of Perth Library building at 573 Hay St, opened on Tuesday 1 March 2016. The Library is located near the Perth Town Hall, and is accessible from St Georges Terrace via the Cathedral Square precinct. Conveniently located in the heart of the City, the Library is used by residents, City workers, students, tourists, visitors and shoppers. The Library covers 3,500 square metres and is revealed over seven levels. Visitors can explore the ceiling artwork, cafe, outdoor terrace and floors for young adults and children. The Library offers fiction and non-fiction book collections, DVDs, magazines, newspapers and a host of online resources. Escape the rush and enjoy the City of Perth Library’s inviting spaces for reading, relaxing, study and play.
The City of Perth Library building employs universal design principles, making it accessible for people with diverse abilities.
An accessible parking bay is available, which is identified with raised signs and ground markings with a distance to the entrance less than 40 metres (please contact us for details). Automated doors provide access to the building.
Facilities are clearly indicated with signs and the building is well lit.
The reception counter has a lowered section to increase visibility and access for wheelchair users. There is a continuous accessible path of travel from the entrance to all public areas, stairs have handrails with contrasting edges, the carpet is firm and low profile, lifts have a 1200mm entry and the meeting rooms are fitted with Williams Sound IR Systems.
Two unisex accessible toilets are available to the public, handrails are situated next to the toilet pans and hand basins and hand dryers are at an appropriate height for wheelchair users.
- Ceiling art
- Green wall
- Dedicated level for young adults
- Dedicated level for children and their carers
- Outdoor terrace
- Meeting and study rooms
- Free WiFi
- Public use computers on the Ground Floor and Level Two
- Video conferencing facilities
- Digital media wall.
- Reduced environmental footprint from construction by recycling more than 80 percent of construction waste.
- Innovative high efficiency facade design, maximising thermal comfort, energy efficiency and natural daylight performance.
- Water efficient fittings.
- 35 percent reduction in energy consumption when compared with the benchmark building. This is due to high efficiency lighting, and control and bespoke air conditioning systems.