Search Room

The public can access WA's largest archival collection at the State Records Office's Search Room in the Perth Cultural Centre.

Situated in the South West corner of the Alexander Library Building the Search Room is open to provide access to original and microform copies of State archives, as well as a telephone reference query service, from Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4.30pm. SRO search roomSee the Contact Details map. For information about disabled access please see the SRO's Summary of Accessibility webpage

The Search Room contains computer terminals to access the State Records Office's online catalogue to assist researchers to locate material within the collection. Professional and helpful staff are on hand to guide clients with their research, and a selection of useful finding aids are on hand, plus and a small reference collection of Western Australian related publications is also available.

Desks are equipped with power points for researchers who wish to use laptop computers.

When using the Search Room clients are asked to observe the following conditions:

  • No food or drink is to be consumed in the Search Room.
  • Pencils only may be used in the Search Room.
  • Noise should be kept to a minimum.
  • No bags are allowed within the Search Room.
  • Mobile Phones must be set to silent or turned off before entering the Search Room.

If clients wish to use original materials, they must apply for a Research Ticket and comply with the Conditions for the Use of Archival Records.

A retrieval slip or online request must be completed for each item of original material requested. There are 2 retrievals per day. For information in retrieval times please see the webpage on retrieval times and requests.

Micoform copies of unrestricted State Archives are also available on weekends upon prior arrangement with State Records Office staff. For more information please see the webpage on retrieval times and requests.

For use of the State Archives collection by primary and secondary school students, please refer to the Archives for Students information sheet.

For more information on the archives held by the State Records Office please see the Collection Guides.