Our Services

House-Bound Service (Books on Wheels)

A delivery service is available to people unable to visit the library. This service is provided fortnightly on alternate Thursday or Friday afternoons, depending on location, and it is supported by volunteers, who select and distribute the items.

People wishing to use the house-bound service must live in the Town of Bassendean and be members of the library. Click here for information on how to join the library, or telephone us for assistance. To help our volunteers select suitable material geared to individual preferences, print and complete the application form and post or fax it to the Library.

Download the Housebound Application Form

View the Online Housebound Application Form

Library  Craft Group

Every Thursday 12-2pm at the Library

An informal gathering to stich, knit, crochet, share and compare with others- whatever you are in the mood for! Everyone is welcome.

Game days at the Library

Every 1st Saturday of each month from 9.30-1pm.

A casual gathering for all Board Games enthusiasts- no booking or fees required. Bring your friends and family and enjoy our new collection of board games or bring your own to play and share. Children are welcome- but the parents!

Story Time

A story time session is held every Thursday and Friday morning during the school term periods, from 10.30am – 11.00am. It is an informal gathering and involves reading stories and rhymes and a simple craft activity. There is no need to book and while these sessions are aimed at 2 - 4 year olds, babies and older children are also welcome.

Rhyme Time

Rhyme Time is a special session for parents and babies up to 18 months old and involves songs, rhymes, finger puppets and lots more.  It's never too early to share books with your baby! No bookings necessary, just drop in and have fun every Wednesday 11am during school term.

Lego League

Last Monday of each month 3.30-4.30 Library Meeting Room 1

An hour of themed building and LEGO challenges for children 6 to 12 years of age.  Places are limited- please book  https:www.trybooking.com/ODPN, call the library 92792966 or email baslib@bassendean.wa.gov.au. Each session will open for bookings on the 1st day of the month.

Local Studies

A rich resource on the historical and current development, society and culture of the Town of Bassendean, this collection includes books, photographs, diaries, letters, local government archives, maps and oral histories. Many photographs have been digitized and can be viewed online via the Library catalogue.

Local Studies

Reference Services and Databases

Need help with finding information on your subject? The library staff can assist you by checking our library’s collection, the collections of other libraries and electronic databases.

Reference Services Information
Ask Now! Online answers Australia wide. Submit your enquiry and have it answered by librarians around the nation. A project of the state, national and territory libraries of Australia.
State Library of Western Australia Search this gateway to library collections around the State.
Other Library Catalogues On this website.
Useful Links On this website.
Electronic Databases Information
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online This is the first online database to be made available to patrons inside the State Library of Western Australia and also for patrons at home. To access Britannica from home, you must be a member of one of Western Australia's public libraries. Click on Encyclopaedia Britannica Online and enter your library card barcode in the login area.
Health and Wellness Resource Centre This database provides comprehensive, reliable and up-to-date information about medical conditions, drugs, alternative medicine, health organizations and news, and health assessment tools. It has been made available to the patrons of every public library in Western Australia. You can access it in the library, or from home. To use this resource at home, you must be a member of one of the State's public libraries. Click on Health & Wellness Resource Center and enter your library card barcode in the login area.

Inter-Library Loans

Items that cannot be found within the Bassendean Memorial Library can be requested via the Inter-Library Loans Service. Library staff or patrons can establish the availability of items in the State’s libraries, by searching the State Library of Western Australia’s catalogue at www.liswa.wa.gov.au. Requests can be submitted at the Library or via e-mail.

Waiting Period

If the item is available at the supplying library it should arrive at Bassendean within 3-4 days, but if it is out on loan or in heavy demand, it is not possible to give an exact arrival date. You will be notified if the requested item cannot be found, or is unavailable for loan. Should the request be urgent, it may be possible to find which library has it on the shelf and by joining that library (an ID and proof of current address is needed), you will be able to collect the item yourself.

Loan Period

Members will be notified by post or e-mail when the item has arrived at Bassendean Memorial Library and will have 8 days to collect items. The loan period is three weeks and the item may be renewed if the supplying library does not have any other requests for it. Bassendean Library staff will need to contact the supplying library to confirm this before renewing it.

State Reference Library

The State Reference Library is a reference library, and will only lend some of its stock. Those items which are not available through inter library loan may be consulted at the State Library. If you wish to do this, it is advisable to phone them first at 9427 3111, to confirm the item is available.

State Film and Video Library & Music and Performing Arts Library

The State Film and Video Library and Music and Performing Arts Library are primarily reference libraries and not all of their stock is available through inter library loan.

If you wish to visit these libraries in person, some items, such as musical scores and playscripts may be borrowed directly by becoming a member of the Music and Performing Arts Library. Videos and films may not be borrowed but may be watched in the State Film and Video Library. You will need to contact the library to see if the item is available and to arrange a time.

For more information, contact State Film and Video Library on 9427 3242, and Music and Performing Arts Library at 9427 3244.

Photocopy Requests

A photocopy request can be made for a specific journal article or section of a book, as long as it does not breach copyright regulations. A photocopy can be supplied from any library in Australia. There is a charge of $6.60 for each photocopy request.

For more information or if you need help with locating an item, please call the Library at 9279 2966 or e-mail us at baslib@bassendean.wa.gov.au or ills@bassendean.wa.gov.au.

Community Information

Seniors

Application forms and newspapers that can be found at our library:

  • Senior’s Card
  • Parking Permit Application (Mobility Parking Program)
  • Have-a-go
  • Senior’s Post
  • The West Australian Senior.

Broadband Kiosk for Seniors

The library has available terminals for free Internet use for eligible Seniors.  It also has available volunteers to assist you to become familiar with the Internet. Training is available Mondays to Saturdays on a one to one basis for an hour at a time. Bookings are required and can be done by telephone 9279 2966.

Bus and Train Timetables

The library has Midland and Fremantle line and selected bus timetables available in the foyer:

Bus and Train services information - Transperth

Newspapers

A number of free, special interest newspapers are available:

  • Eastern Reporter (weekly)
  • Echo (weekly)
  • The Parents paper (monthly)
  • Offspring (monthly)
  • Perth Child (monthly)

Recycling Service

Used batteries, mobile batteries, printer cartridges, light globes and unwanted spectacles can be deposited in the library during opening hours. For more information about Town of Bassendean’s recycling service click here.

For further information, contact the Library at: