Information for schools
Please note that staff are not available to host tours on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Groups are welcome to visit on these days, but due to our regular programming the Children’s Floor will be very busy.
Schools are welcome to run self-guided library visits for groups of students. As groups can be disruptive, it is important to let us know when you are planning your visit so we can ensure there are no clashes with scheduled programmes or other groups. Please contact our Youth Services Librarians.
Library guided tours
The Library offers guided tours for school groups from pre-primary through to high school. Tours are conducted by the Youth Services Team and can be customised according to the age, ability and interests of your students.
Library tour (20 minutes)
This tour will take your group around the Library's public areas, providing information about the collections on each floor. The tour will focus on the floor that is most appropriate for your students.
Library tour and reading (40 minutes)
This tour will take your group around the Library's public areas, providing information about the collections on each floor. The tour will focus on the floor that is most appropriate for your students. The tour will be followed by a reading of some of our favourite stories.
Note: Tour groups access the Library via the the stairs. Lifts are available if required, but are not recommended for large groups.
Please contact our Youth Services Librarians to book.
Youth Services Librarians
Telephone: 08 9461 3500
Planning your visit
The City of Perth Library is located at 573 Hay Street in Cathedral Square. You can access Cathedral Square via Hay Street or St Georges Terrace.
There are Red CAT bus stops outside the Library on both Hay Street and St Georges Terrace. Check the Transperth website for bus times.
The Library is a 7 minute walk from the Perth Underground Station.
City of Perth Parking (CPP) provides open and covered car parking facilities around Perth - look for the City of Perth Parking signs. Parking fees apply. Download the City of Perth Parking mobile app via iTunes or Google Play.
If the weather is fine we recommend assembling on the lawn between St Georges Cathedral and the Library. A Youth Services Team member will meet you 5 minutes before your booked tour or programme starts. If the weather is inclement, assemble students in the Library foyer by the lifts on the Ground Floor. Please take care to ensure students are not blocking either the lift or stair entrances.
Conduct in the Library
School tours and presentations take place alongside standard Library operations. Please encourage your students to maintain the quiet atmosphere. Students remain the responsibility of teachers at all times.
Food and drink are allowed inside the Library, however there are limited spaces for large groups to sit. The Library's front lawn is recommended for breaks (weather permitting). Alternatively, the tree area on Level 4 can accommodate your group.
If you have booked a tour, the Library can store school bags for the duration of your visit. Please inform us if bag storage will be required when you book.