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.


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.

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.