Collection Preservation

State Library of Queensland is responsible for the preservation and protection of reference and research collections including Queensland's documentary heritage. Collections include:

  • antiquarian books
  • art works
  • photographic media
  • maps
  • manuscripts and records
  • audio, motion picture, and digital media.

The goal of our preservation policy is to preserve the collection so that items can be accessed and used by future generations - by historians, researchers, members of the public, and the media.

What we do

Our preservation staff use specialised techniques to care for, preserve, and make accessible a range of items according to their use and significance.  As well as preserving our own collection, we offer advice and services to Queensland's regional libraries, other organisations, and members of the public.


An online snapshot of our preservation activities.

Information / How to guides

Advice and information on preserving, storing, and repairing items.

Queensland newspapers

Information about our Queensland newspapers microfilm holdings and available services; including provision of duplicate microform; also including access to Queensland Government Gazettes, Parliamentary papers, and manuscripts.

Visual Media Unit

Includes details of our visual media production services and activities.

Reformatting Unit

Provides information about the historical preservation activities.

Preservation policies

State Library of Queensland develops strategies and procedures for preserving Queensland's research and reference collections (including cultural heritage material).

Library membership

Become an SLQ member now to access our services, collections and facilities.

Library Shop online

Discover an eclectic range of books, gifts, reproduction prints and more at the Library Shop.