Musically prepare yourself for Christmas at the State Library

All your musical sheet music needs for Christmas can be met by the State Library. Come and borrow a book of carols for your choir, something for your busking ensemble, or some interesting piano arrangements to wow the family on Christmas Day. Have a look at our web page on Christmas Music and “have yourself a merry little Christmas…”

Boans Father Christmas with a group of girls, 1930

Silver bells and shepherds

Christmas comes but once a year and brings with it months of preparation, particulary with music. There are carols and songs to learn in choirs, schools, churches and ensembles. New music is written and the old favourites are rolled out with surprising regularity. Come and visit the State Library for all your Christmas sheet music needs.  Our web site gives you a brief overview of our collection, and links to some useful web sites for further information including copyright issues.

Visit us for your Christmas sheet music needs

Can you believe it’s that time of the year again?  If you’re looking for Christmas music to play on your piano, flute, sax, harmonica, accordion or even that brass band that you’ve got hidden in the back shed, the State Library can probably help you. We’ve brought all our Christmas music together in one place so you can trawl through to your heart’s content. You can borrow sheet music directly from the State Library building. If you are looking for a particular song or carol, use our online Song Index to track a copy in an anthology.

Christmas Philanthropy

Did you know you can access a wealth of full text business newspaper and magazine articles using the State Library’s subscriptions?

At Christmas it’s great to see that not all business people are cold hearted Scrooges! From the Library’s business databases, we looked for this year’s articles on Christmas philanthropy.  We were touched by the story of Larry Stewart –  “Kansas City Secret Santa”.

You can look for more articles on this or other business topics – from the State Library’s website, select databases from home  select Business Source Elite or A&NZ Reference Centre, get out your local public library card (Western Australians only!) and and follow the instructions to look for more stories of Christmas philanthropy.

Which shepherds watching their flocks?

Did you know that some of the most popular Christmas carols and songs have more than one tune? Lyrics such as Away in a manger, While shepherds watched, Joy to the world and O little town of Bethlehem have been set to music by different composers.  Here at the State Library, our Song Index will help you find the sheet music to the version and the key you want.  Just pop the title into the search box and a list of the versions will present. Simply chose a title, click on the link, and have a look at the music to see if it’s the tune you are after. All our Christmas music is sitting cosily together for your convenience waiting to go to a happy home for the festive season. We’ve a great range, from O holy night to Grandma got run over by a reindeer. Come in, join and borrow today.

Santa in 1938


This year’s Christmas pageant is on Saturday 8 December 2007 at 8.30pm. The channel 7 Christmas pageant started in 1972, but this was not the first! We have a number of photographs from a Christmas pageant in 1938, including this one on the South Perth foreshore (017011PD).

To view this photograph and others from the 1938 Christmas pageant go to our catalogue.

Have the Perth Christmas lights changed since 1955?


This photograph is available from the State Library of Western Australia online pictorial collection.  It was taken on Murray Street around 1955.   Its online number is 270980PD. 

For more photographs of Perth Christmas decorations, search under the subject heading ‘Christmas decorations — Western Australia — Perth’.