Technology training through the Libraries

Technology training through the Libraries

City of Joondalup Libraries provide a number of technology training opportunities, including one-to-one training and assistance, small group presentations and online training.

Assistance with Vaccination Certificates, ServiceWA app and G2G pass

City of Joondalup Libraries are providing assistance with vaccination certificates, ServiceWA app and G2G pass. In most instances appointments are required.

Please contact the Digital Help-line on 9400 4180 for assistance.


Keystrokes is a personalised, one to one, volunteer facilitated session offered at all branches. Help with introductory computer skills such as internet navigation, eBook use, connecting with App stores and other basic technology skills is offered. Participants need to have access to a device such as a smart phone, tablet or laptop and to bring it to the session. All participants are expected to have some basic knowledge of their device.

Please contact your closest branch for further information.

Digital drop-in

Digital Drop-in is a program of presentations on a wide variety of technology-related topics.

For information on the topics to be covered please refer to the events calendar.

Digital help-line

Phone assistance with technology issues, including how to access the Libraries’ online resources, is available by contacting Woodvale Library on 9400 4180.

Online learning

Self-directed technology training is also available to library members through Universal Class. Topics include most commonly used software applications and social media.

Remember to be eSmart when using the Internet

Newspapers at the library

Newspapers at the library

Copies of The West Australian, The Sunday Times and The Australian, are purchased daily for the public to read at Duncraig, Woodvale and Whitford libraries and Joondalup Library purchases The West Australian. Newspapers are kept for a limited time only.

The Reference area of the Joondalup Library purchases a range of local, Western Australian, national and international newspapers. All newspapers are held for two months. Community newspapers are transferred to microfilm and searchable PDF and are available in-library only.

Copies of Perth Now are available from the Libraries until stock runs out.

In print

  • Perth Now 
  • The West Australian
  • The Sunday Times
  • The Australian
  • Australian Financial Review
  • The Guardian Weekly
  • International Express (UK)


Copies of The West Australian dating back to 2004 and The Sunday Times from January 2017, can be searched and read online by library members. Issues are available from the day after publication.

The text content only of a number of Australian newspapers can be accessed through the Libraries’ subscription to the Informit databases. This access includes the text content of the older issues of The Australian and Financial Review.

To access the online subscriptions:

  1. Log into the Library catalogue.
  2. Select Online Resources.
  3. Log in to your library account.
  4. To access The West Australian and The Sunday Times scroll through the list of resources or select Newspapers and Magazines from the Subject Category listing.
  5. To access the Informit databases scroll through the list of resources or select Databases from the Subject Category listing.
  6. Follow log in directions for your selected resource.

All online resources are available to City of Joondalup Libraries’ members. Not a member? Join as an online member and gain immediate access to online resources.


Oral history

Oral history

City of Joondalup Libraries aim to collect and conserve the spoken histories of people associated with the Joondalup region through work, family or social/club activities. The City’s Oral History collection consists of nearly 700 interviews with local residents who have shared their recollections of events that form the history and development of the local area. The collection focuses on pioneering families, the development of suburbs, school days, military experiences and the social, sport and entertainment activities of the past.


The collection is available for loan on CD from the Local History Library at Joondalup. Further details about individual oral histories can be found on the library catalogue, which includes full transcripts of some interviews. Many of the oral histories also have related photos.

Contribute to the collection

If you grew up in the City of Joondalup and/or the City of Wanneroo area, and have memories that you would like to share, please complete the Oral History project expression of interest online form or contact Local History. If you have memorabilia and photos and wish to donate them to the City please get in contact with your local City of Joondalup Library.

Register your expression of interest


Local history for schools

Local history for schools

Resources in the library

Local History, located on the lower ground floor at Joondalup Library, has a range of resources including photographs, oral history interviews, newspapers and other material documenting how the local area has changed over time, suitable for use by teachers to support the HASS curriculum.

Resources to borrow

Using their school’s Institutional Bulk Loan Membership, teachers can borrow the Investigating Joondalup’s Past School Resources Kits. Each kit contains:

  • Photographs
  • Maps
  • Oral history excerpts
  • Stories from the Suburbs booklets which document the history of each suburb.

To assist teachers with meeting outcomes in the primary history curriculum the Local History staff have developed the resource My Learning Journal which is available for loan on USB. This is relevant for years two to five, and topics covered include:

  • Who lived here first and how do we know?
  • How has the community changed?
  • Which environmental features have been lost and which have been retained?
  • What contribution has been made by different groups and individuals in the community?
  • How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?

School tours and activities

School groups are welcome to participate in curriculum-linked activities as part of a Civic Centre and Library tour. Teachers and home-schoolers are welcome to contact Reference and Local History staff to organise library visits for students wishing to undertake research.

Year 12 ATAR Geography students can access resources and information supporting a Unit 3 case study focussing on the Ocean Reef Marina site and adjacent coastal areas.

Joondalup library reference collection

Joondalup library reference collection

Short-term loans from the Reference Collection

The majority of the Reference collection is now available for loans of one week, adding over 5,000 additional volumes to the Libraries’ adult non-fiction available for loan.

You may borrow up to two items at a time, you will need to collect and return the items to Joondalup Reference Library, and there are no online renewals or reservations.

For further information view the catalogue.

Reference Collection

The Joondalup Library reference collection is located on the lower ground floor of Joondalup Library. It has a broad collection of print materials including extensive resources on Western Australia.

Much of the collection is suitable for students from late-primary onward, and some resources are also suitable for younger children.

The collection includes the following items:

  • Reference books
  • Specialist journals and magazines
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • ATAR revision resources including study guides and past exam papers and solutions
  • Local and international newspapers
  • Maps, atlases and street directories.

Staff are available to assist with academic and personal enquiries.

A wide variety of online resources are also available.

Local History donations

Local History donations

Donations of items that relate to the history and development of the people, organisations and suburbs of the Joondalup area are a welcome addition to the Local History Collection.

We are interested in collecting:

  • Photographs
  • Negatives
  • Film or video footage
  • Diaries
  • Letters
  • Postcards
  • Pamphlets
  • Yearbooks
  • Newsletters
  • Reports
  • Memorabilia
  • Records from community organisations

If your items meet the above criteria, you will need to print out and complete the donation form. If you wish to retain the originals or photos or documents staff can scan the items and return them to you.

Family and Local History events

Family and Local History events

Local History hosts events during the year to help customers understand and improve their family history research skills:

Genie Exchange

Experienced volunteers provide research support and advice to participants seeking assistance to develop their family history.

Sessions are held at:

  • Joondalup Library, Local History – Fridays, 9.30am – 12.00noon
  • Woodvale Library – Tuesdays, 9.30am – 12.30pm.

Events relating to family history research, the use of DNA in genealogy and local history may be programmed throughout the year. To keep up to date with Local and Family History events:

Family history research

Family history research

Family history and genealogy research

The Reference and Local History team are available to assist you with your family history research.

A variety of resources are available from the Libraries to aid your genealogy search:

  • Findmypast
  • books
  • magazines
  • shipping records
  • oral histories
  • research templates
  • family tree templates
  • a large selection of records on microfiche and online

Selected items are available for loan. Check the library catalogue for details or ask a staff member.

City of Joondalup genealogy publications

  • Family and Local History Newsletter is a quarterly publication produced by Local History. The newsletter containing tips, hints and feature articles.
  • Picture our Past is a pictorial history of the Joondalup region, contact your local library to view or purchase a copy.

Family and Local History Events

View details of Family History Events, including the twice weekly volunteer-led Genie Exchange.

Online and print resources for students of all ages

Online and print resources for students of all ages

The Libraries provide a wide range of resources for students and researchers of all ages, including a wide range of online resources, junior and adult non-fiction collections, a well-stocked Reference and Local History Collection located at Joondalup, and a range of guides to both online and print resources.

Online resources

Access to online resources is available through the All Online Resources link on the Library Catalogue using your library membership number. If you’re not a Library member, you can join online and immediately gain access to the majority of the resources.

The online resources include children’s educational programs, databases, online training and language learning tools, an encyclopaedia and a range of genealogical research tools.

Guides to online resources:

The Libraries subscribe to a wide range of online resources suitable for students and researchers of all ages. Further information is available from the following guides.

Study and Research Resources Brochure (for senior secondary students and older)

Homework Help (for pre-primary to junior secondary students) – coming soon

Further information about the Libraries’ online resources is available here, and you can access the resources through the All Online Resources link on the Library Catalogue using your library membership number. If you’re not a Library member, you can join online and immediately gain access to most online resources.

Print resources

Resources for younger students

All four branches of the Joondalup Libraries have large collections of engaging and informative junior and adult non-fiction, ideally suited to assisting students to complete homework assignments and project work.

Resources for older students

Reference collection

Most items in the Reference Collection are now available for seven day loan.

The Reference collection includes a comprehensive set of ATAR exam papers and revision guides, an up-to-date book collection and access to a wide variety of online resources to assist with your assignments, revision and study during the year.

The book collection includes resources relevant to all areas of the secondary curriculum and all ATAR subjects. The majority of the Reference collection is now available for seven-day loan.

Research guides

Subject guides to the Libraries’ resources are now available for download. Just select the subject area of interest from those below:

Subject Guide – Literature, English and Drama

Subject Guide – Humanities, Arts and Social Science

Subject Guide – Science

ATAR course revision and exam preparation resources

The Reference collection includes a wide range of course revision and exam-preparation resources for the following ATAR subjects:

  • Maths (Specialist, Methods and Applications)
  • English and English Literature
  • Drama
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Human Biology
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Modern History
  • Politics and Law
  • Psychology
  • Geography.

These resources may be consulted in the Reference section of the Joondalup Library, which is open seven days per week.

Study spaces and facilities

The Reference area and collection, located on the lower ground floor at the City’s Joondalup library, provides a quiet study and research environment with free WiFi, a variety of seating, internet access and two bookable small-group study rooms.

All City of Joondalup Libraries have a variety of spaces for students to study in.

Exam supervision

Exam supervision (not invigilation) is available in the Reference Library. Applications should be made at least two weeks prior to the date of the exam.