Labour Day public holiday

Labour Day is an annual public holiday observed in Western Australia on the first Monday in March. The history of Labour Day in Australia spans over 160 years. During the mid to late 1800s the working day was long and arduous, where some employees would work up to 12 hours a day, six days a week. Stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne stopped work on 21 April 1856 and marched from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House to achieve an eight-hour day. The eight-hour day was widely celebrated as a world first and the number eight is used to symbolise industrial strength and protection.

English Conversation Group at Manning Library

Are you, or someone you know interested in joining an English Conversation Group?

The weekly English as a Second Language group sessions are informal, conversational and will cover a wide variety of topics. Sessions are scheduled to take place at Manning Library.

The first three sessions will take place on:

Saturday 9 February: 11 - 12pm

Saturday 16 February: 11 - 12pm

Saturday 23 February: 11 - 12pm

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please email with your name and contact details or contact Manning Library on 9474 0822.

Wellbeing Kits now available

City of South Perth Libraries are committed to supporting community members to maintain active and healthy lifestyles. To facilitate this, South Perth and Manning Libraries are now offering Wellbeing Kits for members to loan. 

What are they?

Wellbeing Kits are free to borrow for library members who are interested in improving their health. Each kit contains:

1 x skipping rope

1 x pedometer, with instruction booklet

1 x hand-therapy ball

1 x resistance band, with instruction leaflet

For how long can I loan a Wellbeing Kit?

Each kit is for three week loan.

Who are they for?

Mainly aimed at adults

We recommend making use of the lovely big ovals next to the libraries to try out your kit!



I don't have my library card, but I have my driver's license/other photo ID. Will I be able to use that to borrow?

The self-check kiosks require your library card to borrow because they scan the barcode, so you will need your library card or virtual equivalent. If you don't have your library card, you may reserve items to collect next time you attend the library with your card.

Is there another way I can store my barcode so that I don't always have to bring my card with me?

Yes, you can save your library card to your smartphone. We recommend downloading the free app 'Stocard' to facilitate this. If you need help, please ask a staff member for assistance.

Won't this put you out of a job?

You are actually helping us out: We have lots of community services and programs to work on, plus getting all those lovely books ready for loan takes time! The self-check stations assist us to deliver the best service we can.


Self loan kiosk Manning