Harvey War Memorial Library 1921

Harvey War Memorial Library 1921
Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 12 noon
The Harvey War Memorial Library is a very popular space in our community and also provides great services for visitors.

From public computers, free Wi-Fi services, newspapers, magazines, and more. If you’re staying for a while, borrow a book or two. Note, that you will need to be a member to borrow items, but it’s free to join.

Photocopiers, scanners and a laminator are also available for a small fee.


Mr William Ash, Mr Charlie Rees and Mr John Knowles formed the Harvey (or Korijekup) Literary Institute in 1906. First located in a room at the north end of the Town Hall Lesser Hall, in 1921, it moved to today’s library building, built by Mr P.J. Ward.

They erected the War Memorial Library to commemorate those who died in service or killed in action in World War 1 for £900. Local subscription defrayed this after a campaign, initiated by Mr Roy Hayward, raised a large sum of money towards its cost. Throughout three years, dances, sports days and raffling of donated items ranging from a gramophone to pumpkins raised £750 to cover the building’s cost.

The official opening of the Library occurred on 24 March 1922 with a Foundation stone laid by Sir Francis Newdegate K.C.M.C. Governor of Western Australia.

On ANZAC Day in 1956, the Harvey War Memorial Plaques were unveiled on the walls of the War Memorial Library in honour of the Harvey men who lost their lives in World War I and II. The twenty-one Harvey men who had died whilst in service had a crown engraved alongside their names.

In 2015, the plaques were moved to the new Harvey War Memorial located opposite the Library.


  • Wheelchair-accessible carpark
  • Wheelchair-accessible entrance
  • Free-wifi

Harvey War Memorial Library 1921

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