Records show that the Perth Observatory has been collecting books, journals and catalogues for the Library since July 1898. Some purchases may even precede this date. Currently, there are 2,143 books recorded in the collection. These have been used by the Astronomers and others for research, reference and the simple enjoyment of reading.

Along with the book collection, the Library holds 2,760 journals, catalogues, bulletins, annual reports, contributions and publications from other Observatories and Astronomical Associations. We also have the entire and update collection of Nature the world’s leading multidisciplinary science journal that was first published in 1869.