During this period of restrictions, libraries have been forced to physically close their doors to the public but many have reinvited their way of working to bring their much loved services to you at home during this time. Rhyme Time and Story times are being broadcast online via YouTube or Facebook and you can read your favourite books and magazines online or even click and collect from your local library. Here’s Buggybuddys round up of online library services available  across libraries in the Perth area:

Borrowing Books

State Library of WA

The State Library of WA is offering FREE BOOKS to keep you and your loved ones occupied through self-isolation.

The ‘MYSTERY BOX’ includes seven to ten books. Nominate fiction, non-fiction, children’s or a box with a ‘bit of everything’.

Pick up is via a ‘non-contact’ drive-through service from the State Library van dock on 25 Francis Street, Perth. Pick up is between 9am and 2pm Monday to Friday. You will be notified when your mystery box is ready for collection. Please stay in your car, this is a non-contact service.

Use the form here to request a Mystery Box https://slwa.wa.gov.au/our-servic…/state-library-mystery-box. Note that requests are capped at 50 per day, so if you miss out today, keep trying!

City of Wanneroo Libraries

Call and Collect at Wanneroo Libraries
In need of a new read? Your local City of Wanneroo Library has you covered with the launch of its new ‘Call and Collect’ service for all residents in the City.
Just call and arrange a collection time, swing past to pick up your curated ‘book bundle’ and drop them back via the returns chute when you’re finished, just like you would normally. Not yet a library member? you can register online and then join Call and Collect.

City of Canning

CLICK & COLLECT @ Canning Libraries

Here at the City of Canning, we are committed to enriching our community with lifelong learning resources and opportunities.

We are pleased to announce Canning Libraries will be commencing a contactless Click & Collect service from Monday 27 April.

At this stage, this service will be offered from Riverton Library only with the first pick up date on Wednesday 29 April.

Collection will be available twice weekly – Wednesday and Friday from 9am-5pm.

You can rest assured that COVID-19 safety measures will be enforced in book handling and at the collection point.

Borrowing is simple! Head online from Monday 27 April to reserve your items at canning.wa.gov.au/libraries

Please note – order cut-off times apply. Also, while items can be ordered from all library locations, they are to be collected from Riverton Library. Items are to be returned at Riverton via the contactless After Hours Return chute.

For more information please visit canning.wa.gov.au/clickandcollect

City of Gosnells Libraries

Introducing our new Click and Collect services for City of Gosnells Libraries customers!

📚 Reserve the items you would like via the online catalogue https://bit.ly/2RzWDS0 OR opt for one of our Mystery Packs!

📚 Library staff will process your reserves and call you to arrange a time for collection

📚 Present your library card on collection for staff to sight

📚 Collect your items and do a happy dance for new reading material!

Alongside library items we are also offering click and collect for printing! for more information on this please contact one of our libraries.

For our housebound, elderly aged 70+, persons with a disability, and at risk individuals other options for access to items are available- Please call your library to discuss!

Amherst 08 9498 9498, Gosnells 08 9391 6000, Kenwick 08 9397 3099, or Thornlie 08 9251 8750

The Grove Library

The Grove Library is now delivering!

If you live in Cottesloe, Mosman Park or Peppermint Grove, and would like to receive some library books, audio books, magazines or DVDs,  please contact us preferably by email: library@thegrovelibrary.com.

For kids stuck at home, a Cabin Fever Care Pack for Kids (especially curated by our children’s librarian Stewart),  will be available for delivery next week (depending on demand). Please let us know the ages and interests of children, and we’ll do our best to put together an exciting pack of books and other resources.

For those who would like to choose their own books, please head over to our catalogue at bit.ly/grovecat and reserve any items that you would like. But here’s an important tip: we can only deliver items that show as belonging to The Grove and currently available.

City of Rockingham Libraries

With all the City of Rockingham library branches closed to in-person visits due to COVID-19, click and collect services are being trialled across all branches. The service is available between 10am – 4pm on weekdays. Find out more about the service.

Online Rhyme Time and Story Time

Story Box Library

Story Box Library is a beautiful online reading room, a place where the wonderful world of Australian children’s literature comes to life as stories are read for children via video clips.

To access Story Box Library use the link below and select “State Library of WA” from the drop down menu. You will need your library card number to access the site.


Better Beginnings at Home

Better Beginnings at Home is a FREE initiative created for parents and carers.

For FRESH and FREE IDEAS to help you build your child’s early literacy skills through sharing stories, songs and activities, follow the Better Beginnings Facebook page and join in every day at 10.30am and again at 2.30 pm. Or simply check in anytime Better Beginnings

City of Joondalup Libraries

City of Joondalup Libraries presents Story Time online. Sing along to your favourite songs, learn new crafts and listen to this week’s book.  You can view it here: https://bit.ly/3cn2jGY

Even though the City’s Libraries are currently closed, it’s business as usual for Books on Wheels; a free service for the frail, elderly and those with limited mobility. Lockdown doesn’t mean those who rely on the service can’t get access to a good book, DVD, audiobook, magazine or CD. As well as private homes, library books are also delivered to aged care facilities. City staff follow the latest advice from the Department of Health and work with aged care staff to ensure safe distribution – https://bit.ly/2VobCj2

City of Canning

Missing Canning Libraries Rhyme and Story sessions?
Jump online 10am Tuesdays and Thursdays as we live stream Rhymetime and Storytime from Riverton Library on the Canning Libraries Facebook page! www.facebook.com/canninglibraries/

City of Melville Libraries

Baby Rhyme Time and Storytime online!

Since closing our doors, library staff have been working tirelessly to produce a series of children’s sessions that you can sing and read along with your young one, all from home!

We will be releasing a Storytime at 9.00am every Tuesday, and a Baby Rhyme Time at 9.00am every Thursday on our Facebook page and YouTube channel


City of Armadale Public Libraries

Our Library Services Team have been working hard to bring Baby Rhymetime into the virtual world so that our youngest community members don’t miss out on storytelling and singing! Visit our Youtube channel

The City of Belmont Ruth Falkner Library

We may have closed, but we’re working on bringing you all kinds of exciting programs online! Check out the first of a series of online Storytimes and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more exciting content.

City of Cockburn Libraries

Need FREE family activities during lockdown? With virtual storytime sessions, a Pram Jamming blog, science experiments to replicate at home & 1000s of ebooks, e-audio books, digital mags, & movies to stream Cockburn Libraries have you covered! Find out more: https://bit.ly/CoCLibraries

City of Mandurah Libraries

Rhymetime (join in here: https://fal.cn/37IFN) and Storytime (join in here: https://fal.cn/37IFM) they are running Live Facebook events to stay connected!

City of Perth Library

Visit their Facebook page for daily Rhyme Time and Story time Sessions www.facebook.com/CityofPerthLibrary/


Online Magazines

State Library of WA

One of our digital suppliers – RBdigital has generously given all State Library and public library members access to their entire catalogue of magazine titles!

There are now more than 3,500 magazines to choose from, many of them in languages other than English.

You can download FREE the guilty pleasure that is New Idea. Or perhaps a bit of fashion and Vogue. Or if current affairs is your flavour, we offer you Time Magazine and Newsweek – and yes all 3500 are FREE.

Of course you need to be a member of the State Library of WA (or a local public library) and then you need to download the RBdigital App – for info on how to do this go click here https://slwa.wa.gov.au/…/eresour…/enewspapers-and-emagazines

Now we have to be honest here – yes it’s free BUT there are only so many copies available at any one time, so you might be unlucky and want to read something that somebody else might be reading. If so bad luck – but remember it’s FREE. Of course if you are keen on Origami Therapy (yup there’s a magazine for that) you should be fine.

To JOIN THE STATE LIBRARY FREE click here https://slwa.wa.gov.au/our-services/membership/join-now and remember to follow us on Facebook for more new Library service announcements, WA stories and community.

City of Canning

Did you know that there are magazines for kids available for download via RBdigital? Lots of fun to read for the school holidays!  All you need is a device and your Canning library card.

Discover RBdigital and the library’s e-resources at: https://www.canning.wa.gov.au/elibrary

To find your local library visit 

About Jennie McNichol

Jennie McNichol is the Co-Founder and Editor of Buggybuddys. She moved to Perth in 2010 after 11 years of living in London, working in the television industry for the BBC. She is the mother of two daughters aged 12 and 9 and loves the family-friendly lifestyle that Perth has to offer.

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