The Catholic Library was originally established as the WACE (Western Australian Catholic Educators) Resource Centre in Nedlands in 1973. It was later incorporated into the Catholic Institute in 1976 taking the name of the Catholic Institute Resource Centre.
In 1987 it was given new terms of reference by the WA Conference of Bishops and was reorganised and named as the Catholic Library of Western Australia. As the name implied the new terms of reference heralded an expansion of its role and services to the general Catholic community as well as continuing its earlier mission in serving schools, Catechists and tertiary students.
The WA Bishops decreed in 1999 that the management of the Catholic Library would pass to the Catholic Education Commission and consequently it now operates as a library service within the Catholic Education Centre, whilst also maintaining its original purpose and role.
The Library produces a list of new resources acquired, on a regular basis. This new resources list can be viewed online or downloaded (PDF format).
The Library is home to a variety of resources in varying formats; books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and more.
The electronic book collection covers topics ranging from religion to education. Members of the library can request an account by clicking on the Catholic Library of Western Australia’s EBL website and clicking on the “Request new account” link, then complete and submit the form online (click to read instructions). Once approved, members will be able to browse a selection of ebooks to download or read online.
Catholic Library Event
Planning Staff PD Sessions?
Planning your School Staff PD…why not book an orientation visit to the Catholic Library of WA?
Did you know the Library offers Catholic schools Library orientation sessions for their staff? During the visit teachers are given the opportunity to hear about the services and resources available from the Library that help support their teaching.
Visits include a tour of the Library which showcases the Music and DVD, Teachers’ and Catechists’, Aboriginal Resources and Students wit Disabilities’ collections, resource displays, demonstrations of searching resources linked to RE units, advanced bookings and use of online databases.
Following the tour and presentations light refreshments are served. Items borrowed on the day can be returned back to the Library from your school via the courier service.