Inter-library loans resume, though State Government $1.7 million cuts to public library funding remain.

Updated [ 4 July 2016]: The State Library has resumed its inter-library loan courier service, so you can once again request books and dvds from other WA public libraries, if we don’t have the items in Cockburn Libraries.  The courier service has been reduced from five to two days a week, so items will take longer to come in than before. The State Government’s funding cuts still stand, though.

Read more about funding cuts below and sign the the online petition.

Update [1 July 2016]: There was an announcement yesterday that the State Library of WA would temporarily re-instate a reduced inter-library loan courier service for the next few weeks. As yet there have been no operational details provided by the State Library so at this point we are unable to start accepting new inter-library loan requests. Once we have definitive information,  we will update you. State Government Funding cuts still stand, so still consider signing the online petition below.

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State Government $1.7 million cut to public library funding has resulted in the suspension of our inter-library loan request service until at least late August.

This funding cut has resulted in the State Library cancelling the inter-library loan courier service which previously delivered the thousands of requested items to libraries across Western Australia. Reduced funding will also mean less new books for public libraries.

While the  inter-library loan service is suspended, if you require an item that isn’t available in the Cockburn Libraries collection, you are able to visit and join (subject to that library’s membership conditions) any public library in the state, and then you can borrow from that library directly.  Searching for the item on the State Library of WA catalogue will show which libraries in WA hold a particular item, then you can contact one of the listed libraries yourself. If you need help with this process, please contact us for assistance.

Unhappy with this situation? Sign petition and contact your local MP.

Inter-library loans was not a Council-funded service. The service was co-ordinated through the State Library, and funded by the State Government, for the benefit of all taxpayers. As a taxpayer, please contact your local member of parliament and let them know if the suspension of this core service has affected you. You can also contact the Minister for Culture and the Arts, John Day (email:

Please sign the online petition:  The Leader of the Opposition, Mark McGowan, has created an online petition – Stop Funding Cuts to our Public Libraries which you can add your name to.

Members of Parliament within Cockburn

If you are unsure of who your local member of parliament is, visit the Electoral Boundaries WA website to find out where you belong.