10 of Perth’s best public libraries

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Far more than just a place with books, local libraries are places where a sense of community is born and developed.

Public libraries across Perth offer activities, free resources, programs, workshops and other events that cater to different age groups, not to mention they are free and friendly places to hang out, read a good book or get some work done in!

Below you’ll find a few local libraries around Perth where you can step in and discover a whole new world, and check out the full list of public libraries around WA here.

Ruth Faulkner Library

A combined library and museum, Ruth Faulkner Library is a multipurpose creation of Belmont’s local history. Family friendly, there are dedicated rooms and flexible spaces for programs and quiet spaces. Plus there are heaps of programs for people of all different ages to enjoy. Think babies, to toddlers, to young people, to adults and everything in between.

213 Wright Street, Cloverdale

City of Perth Public Library

With a circular design, glass facades and stone columns, the City of Perth Public Library is more luxurious than most. A vibrant community hub in the heart of Perth’s CBD, it’s ideal if you’re looking to get some work done, study, relax, or hide away with a good book in a quiet nook.

City of Perth Library

573 Hay Street, Perth

The Grove Library

With daily newspapers and over 40,000 items available for borrowing, Grove Library offers an extensive collection of information on the area’s local history. Think books, photographs, oral histories and newspaper clippings. One of the library’s biggest perks is their Books on Wheels service which means they can deliver books to those who might not be able to physically visit the library.

Peppermint Grove Library

1 Leake Street, Peppermint Grove

Claremont Community Hub and Library

Claremont’s library, housed in the historic building of the old Methodist church, serves as both a library and the community hub’s meeting room. There’s a wide range of services including eBooks, eLearning resources and mobile printing. And if you’re keen to learn a new language, the library offers a range of different language clubs to choose from too.

327 Stirling Highway, Claremont

South Perth Public Library

Visiting South Perth Public Library allows you to read your book while enjoying a relaxing view of Ernest Johnson Oval. With modern facilities and a wide variety of books for readers of all ages, there are also set activities like mahjong, book clubs, click digital learning and even LibraryCraft and Dungeons and Dragons too!

Corner of South Terrace and Sandgate Street, South Perth

State Library of Western Australia

The State Library of WA saw its beginnings in 1886 before being officially established in 1951. Now it’s one of the biggest libraries in Perth and a huge cultural institution which preserves the history and stories in WA. It’s also a perfect place to get some much needed work or study done. And located in the city, you won’t have to go very far to grab a coffee or some food while you work!

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25 Francis Street, Perth

Duncraig Library

After opening in 1974, Duncraig Library quickly evolved to be one of the top ten busiest libraries in WA. Walking from the car park, to stepping into the library doors, you’ll be greeted with a blooming garden filled with native flora and plants. A community space, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy programs, activities, events and most importantly, the coffee machines.

Corner of Warwick Road and Marmion Avenue, Duncraig

Mills Park Library

Having only opened their doors in 2022 means Mills Park is one of the more modern libraries on this list. Alongside their books, the library also features meeting pods, private study zones and a fun, circular reading nook. Part of the Mills Park Centre, there’s also an adjoining cafe, function rooms, sporting facilities and recreation facilities too.

Mills Park Library

86 Brixton Street, Beckenham

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Wanneroo Library

With a huge space, Wanneroo Library is an ideal place for those who are looking to hold a meeting or spend some time studying or working. If you’re a fan of digital reading you’ll love Wanneroo Library. Alongside their physical titles, Wanneroo Library also has a large eLibrary where you can borrow books and other types of content through different apps.

3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo

Serpentine Jarrahdale Library

Bookable spaces, free library programs and regular events are just some of the perks of the Serpentine Jarrahdale Library. One of their best offerings is the mobile library service – where the library van goes to scheduled locations around the Shire’s suburbs each week. Residents can pre-select titles and collect them from those meeting points, along with printing and scanning – find out times and locations here.

Serpentine Jarrahdale Library

858 South Western Highway, Byford

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