The Catholic Library of Western Australia, located at the Newman Siena Centre in Doubleview, serves Catholic Education Western Australia, Catholic Schools, Parishes, Tertiary institutions, Faith Formation centres, Social Justice agencies, Outreach organisations and the broader community on their spiritual and lifelong learning journey. Membership is free and the library is open to the public.

Our History

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.