The JCPML has been established to honour the contribution to Australia of wartime Prime Minister and international statesman, John Curtin. Curtin's inspirational leadership and political courage unified Australia during the grim years of World War II.
Situated on the grounds of the Bentley campus of Curtin University of Technology, the library is a purpose built archival and educational facility providing secure and environmentally stable storage for the preservation of unique material and appropriately designed facilities for researchers.
The JCPML has many public programs aimed at the wider community. The exhibition "The Pursuit of Knowledge: Curtin, Looking Ever Forward" is currently housed in the John Curtin Gallery, Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm. Guided tours are available on request.
There is an Education program aimed at both primary and secondary students, details are available at: http://john.curtin.edu.au/education/index.html
Also, the JCPML regularly holds Public Lectures by prominent commentators in the political sphere. Further details are available at: http://john.curtin.edu.au/events/index.html
The collection focus is on aspects of Australia's history and politics connected with the life and times of John Curtin. The collection is for research use and includes personal papers, oral histories, photographs, realia, ephemera, newsreel film footage, copies of official records and other archival material.
The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library has digitised material in its own collection and provides electronic access to these items through the Electronic Research Archive (ERA) available through the JCPML home pages at: http://espace.library.curtin.edu.au/R?func=search&local_base=ERA01JCPML
ERA also provides links to John-Curtin related materials dispersed around the world.