Information Collections


To provide information to Queenslanders, supporting their research endeavours.
Through different channels, State Library manages and contributes to collections that meet the needs of communities throughout Queensland. Through centres of engagement designed for specific target groups and through State Library’s physical and online presence State Library makes collections accessible to meet Queensland residents’ information needs.

Relevant collections

  • State Reference Library Collection
  • Asia-Pacific Design Library Collection
  • Government Research and Information Library e-resources


The value of these collections lies primarily in their usage. They are not retained in order to contribute to the state’s collective memory. They are intended to meet a specific need, to provide relevant information efficiently and effectively to the Queensland population. It is vital these collections remain responsive and relevant to changing community needs.

These collections underpin State Library’s commitment in the Libraries Act 1988 to provide reference and informational services to the state. State Library maintains collections to provide for the information needs of all Queensland residents as well as focused collections intended to meet the specific requirements of identified priority groups.


The value of the information collections is in its use. The collecting focus is responsive to the future research needs of our community. Particular attention is given to the quality and currency of information provided by these collections. A digital first policy applies to selecting new material.


State Library is committed to providing people throughout the state with information and building their capability to find that information. Through unmediated access to content and the support of skilled library staff, access to information should be intuitive and efficient. State Library also support several communities of interest via targeted online and onsite engagement.

Content Strategy 2017
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