City of Perth

The State Library of Western Australia, Perth

  • Lift access to all public levels
  • A tactile path is provided, leading from the Perth Train Station to the Cultural Centre main entrance of the Library
  • The unisex accessible toilet is on the ground floor within the Library (key required), all other accessible toilets are in male and female blocks
Location (View Map)
Francis Street and the James Street Mall, Northbridge, WA 6003 Australia (In the Alexander Library Building and part of the Perth Cultural Centre. Situated in Northbridge between Francis Street and the James Street Mall.)
Opening Hours
  • Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 8.00pm
  • Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm
  • Saturday 10.00am to 5.30pm
  • Sunday 10.00am to 5.30pm
08 9427 3111

Pick up / set down bay
A Universal drop off bay is located on the opposite side of Francis Street.
Closest accessible parking
State Library Car Park, James Street Perth
External access and entrance
Perth Cultural Centre entrance
  • Barrier free with a tactile path leading from the Perth Train Station concourse level to the front door.
Francis Street entrance
  • Steps and a ramp approximately 15 metres long with a change of direction. Ramp slope has a gradient of 1:12. Bench style seating is available outside the door.
External entrances:
Perth Cultural Centre door
  • Two automatic sliding doors enter off the forecourt. The southern door is wider and would accommodate all wheelchair sizes.
Francis Street door
  • There are two sets of automatic sliding door
  • Reception and security desk: Standing height
  • Library entrance: 
  • Security pedestal from the foyer into the library, with 93cm clear open space.
Internal area
  • A lift accesses the ground, mezzanine, levels one, two and three. A large style wheelchair could pass through all public areas of the building including the foyer and the library.
  • Staff counters within the library area are at sitting height.
  • Seating in the foyer is low, soft lounge style. Seating and desks throughout the library are standard height with knee access to desks.
Signage, customer displays and customer information
Good colour contrast and easy to read throughout the facility.
Cafe, dining and food outlet
Opening hours:
  • Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 7.00p
  • Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm
  • Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm
Telephone: 9427 3102
  • Located on the ground floor of the library, directly off the main foyer. Access is via automatic sliding doors with manual swing doors to an external dining area.
  • Internal circulation space accommodates all wheelchair sizes and the counter is at sitting height.
  • Tables and chairs are moveable and tables have central pedestals. The blackboard menu has good colour contrast and is easy to read.
Equipment for people with disabilities
The library has a selection of specialised equipment, with detailed information being available on the website.
  • Several work stations offer access to internet sites with large text displays.
  • Aladdin video enlarger (no bookings required)
  • Kurzweil Reading Edge (bookings required on 9427 3104)
Accessible toilet
Accessible Toilet, State Library, Northbridge

Toilet: Male and Female accessible toilets

  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Availability: Unlocked during opening hours
  • Description: Ground floor adjacent to the Francis Street entrance
    First floor
    Second floor
    Third floor
    All toilets have similar configuration
  • External access: Path of travel to the toilet is barrier free. There are 76cm wide doors with D handles on either side of a large airlock that could accommodate all styles wheelchairs
  • Toilet door: The toilet cubicle door is 77cm wide with a lever handle. Both the external and toilet doors have small locking snibs.
  • Pan height: 52cm
  • Handrails: Yes
  • Basin height: 86cm
  • Lighting: The light in Francis Street toilet has a blue light.
  • Baby change table: Yes
  • Baby change table description: The bench is fixed at 86cm high.
  • Cost: No.
Basin Toilet Toilet Diagram
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Two lifts

  • Two lifts inside the library accesses all public floors.
  • Levels serviced by lift: All public floors
  • Assistance or independently operable: Independently
  • External controls: Have clear approach spaces and are located at a height of 1.12 metres.
  • Door type: Single entry
  • Platform size: 2.6 metres x 1.6 metres
  • Internal controls: Have clear approach spaces and are located at a height of 1.05 metres. All controls illuminate when pressed.
  • Indicators of floor level: The lift has visual and verbal announcements.

Information collected by: City of Perth

Care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this information however no guarantee is given that the facility is fully accessible. Please advise the You're Welcome WA coordinator at the Disability Services Commission of any access changes since publication.