Public Library Services

While the services provided by the Albany Public Library have evolved since its humble beginnings in 1852 so has the legislation and policy that underpins and supports them. West Australian Public Libraries have forged strong partnerships with their local councils, the State Library and, of course, the public they serve through consultation, joint decision making and agreed standards.

One of the great strengths of the West Australian public library system is that a client may access any resource held anywhere in the State. It is free for library clients to request items from any other public library within WA. Library service provision in WA is governed by: 

the Library Board Act of Western Australia 1951

Library Board (Conduct of Proceedings) Regulations 1955

Library Board (State Library) 1956

and Library Board (Registered Public Libraries) Regulations 1985

State & Local Government Partnership

The State Library:

  • provides public library collections of catalogued books and other materials, and
  • facilitates the provision of a wide range of information services to the people of Western Australia through a State wide network of public libraries managed by local government.

Framework Agreement 

In June 2010 a new Framework Agreement for the provision of public library services in Western Australia was signed.  This framework agreement provides an overarching framework of broad parameters for the future direction of Western Australia's public library services. 

Legislation and framework agreements relevant to the provision of Library services have been collected and categorised for browsing below. If you have questions about any of these processes, please contact us.

2010 Framework Agreement

Framework Agreement between State and Local Government for the provision of Public Library Services in Western Australia