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Our mission is to develop proactive, life-long learners equipped with a high standard of literacy and research skills and effective study habits. Learning is facilitated in a setting that provides outstanding personal service and high quality physical and digital resources.



Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday: 7:45 am – 3:45 pm

Boarders’ Study
Monday – Thursday: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note closing times can vary with special events and student free days. Changes are advised in the Daily Memo.

Borrowing Info
  • Loan limits apply to assignment resources, however the amount of recreational reading items you can borrow flexible. If you love to read and have a good track-record of returning items then we are happy to accommodate a higher loan limit.
  • Different items have different loan periods (see Table below)
  • Visit the SLRC catalogue to search for books and other items (school access only).
  • See our FAQ page for information about reserving and renewing items.
Item Type Loan Period
Fiction & Non-Fiction Books 3 weeks Senior Fiction is available to students in Years 9-12.
Assignment resources (e.g. non-fiction books relating to assignment topics) are occasionally subject to loan restrictions.
Audiobooks (Talking Books) 3 weeks
Periodicals & Magazines 2 weeks
DVDs 3 days A consent form must be signed by a parent or guardian before students under 15 may borrow M 15+ movies.
eBooks 2 weeks Visit https://smcwa.wheelers.co/account/register to register for an eBook account. Age restrictions apply on some eBooks.
Study Guides Varies Current versions: Not for Loan (for use in the SLRC only)
Past versions:
Contact us

The Sawle Centre is located on Level 2 of the Mercy Building.
View maps of the Sawle Centre & Plaza areas.

Phone inquiries:
Ph: 6330 0259

Email inquiries:
Parents and Staff, please email: [email protected]
Students, please fill in the contact form found on our Ask a Librarian page
Alternatively, please see the Meet the Sawle Centre Library Staff toggle box (below) for individual staff email addresses.

To request items:
Please fill in the contact form found on our Request a Book page

Meet the Sawle Centre Library staff
 oudejans-alexandra Alex Oudejans
Sawle Centre Teacher
(Thursday – Friday; See Book It for available hours)
[email protected]
 davies-chenelle Chenelle Davies
Sawle Centre Teacher
Boarders’ Study Supervisor (Monday – Wednesday)
See Book It for available hours
[email protected]
 hutchinson-catherine Catherine Hutchinson
Literature & Research Assistant
(Monday – Friday)
[email protected]



Collection Development Policy

Coming soon.


Visit our FAQs page for more information about:

  • Photocopying & scanning
  • Booking a room in the SLRC or Plaza
  • Logging into our digital services
  • and more…

Our Services

For Students

Please refer to our General Services Brochure (left) for further information about the services we provide students.

At a glance, just some of the services we provide:

  • Access to a large collection of quality print and digital resources
  • Study assistance
  • Reading recommendations
  • Lunchtime activities
  • Co-curricular book clubs

For Staff

Please refer to our Staff Services Brochure (right) for further information about the services we provide to staff.

At a glance, just some of the services we provide:

  • Locating hard-copy and digital resources.
  • Collaborating on the development of assignments to provide scaffolding.
  • Team-teaching in classrooms to develop research strategies.
  • Individual one-off lessons on resources or topics eg. Journals related to your subject area, literature genres, functional and digital literacy concepts such as keywords, search terms, reliability of sources and referencing.

Maps of the Sawle Centre & Plaza

Level 1: Plaza

Level 2: Sawle Centre