About the Library of the Western Australian Museum                        Search the Library catalogue

The Library collections can be searched using the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC).

The Western Australian Museum Library is one of the oldest government Libraries in the state, with book acquisitions dating back to the late nineteenth century. It contains over 79,000 records which include over 800 rare books. Journals exchanged for the Record of the Western Australian Museum and the Museum Archive are part of the collections.

The library collections subject coverage includes; zoology, specializing in ornithology, malacology and marine invertebrates; earth sciences with specialization, palaeontology; Australian history, anthropology and archaeology; maritime archaeology; materials conservation and museology.

The Library collections support the object collections and research of the Museum, and are a vital research tool for Museum staff. The collections are also a valuable source of specialized information for both Australian and international researchers.

The collections of the Royal Society of Western Australia have been hosted by the Museum Library since 1960.


Collections are distributed over a number of sites and access is by request only. 
All publications are included in the Library catalogue.
Inter Library Loans for the public can be arranged through a LADD request via the local public library, workplace or tertiary institution library.

The Library is open to the public by appointment only.

Please contact the Librarian.
Phone: +61 8 9212 3773/3772
Email: library@museum.wa.gov.au