Enquiry Services Management Policy

Policy statement

Our Enquiry services are provided in addition to self-help tools and resources.  State Library's resources include books, maps, photographs, newspapers, manuscripts and audio, video and digital material.  Self-help tools include information sheets and web casts.

These services include initial assistance at point of need, and a research service for more complex enquiries.  These services are available through a range of channels, which may include:

  • Face to face
  • Telephone
  • Web-forms and email
  • Letters and faxes
  • Instant messaging services

This policy is intended to help you understand the level of support provided by the State Library.

This policy is underpinned by the National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) Service Guidelines: Information and research services at NSLA libraries.

Service goals

  • To provide a range of enquiry services and channels to meet your needs
  • Through our interactions, help to build your capacity to research independently
  • To provide services to the public as cost-effectively as possible.

What we can do for you initially

If you visit the library and ask for assistance, we will advise you on a research strategy, support you in the effective use of finding tools, and suggest appropriate resources.  Depending on the level of client demand, we can generally spend up to 10 minutes assisting you.

Staff cannot supervise examinations, proof read private documents, nor interpret or provide advice on legal or medical matters.

If you phone us, or use our instant messaging service we are generally able to spend up to 10 minutes assisting you.  This may include advising you of the most appropriate information resources to guide you in your search.  If your enquiry cannot be answered in a short time frame, you may be referred to our Extended Enquiries Service.

You may also be referred to another information provider if this is the most appropriate place for you to find the information you need.

Extended enquiries

Extended enquiries are those which cannot be responded to within a short timeframe.

Who is eligible to use the Extended Enquiries Service?

This service is provided for:

  • All Queensland residents
  • Anyone wishing to access information relating to the jurisdiction of this Library
  • Anyone wishing to access information which is unique to our collections.

What we provide for extended enquiries

Depending on the nature of the enquiry we may provide:

  • Up to two hours of research on most enquiries
  • Up to six enquiries for any individual during a single calendar year
  • Up to 10 copied pages free of charge.  You will be advised that the provision of additional materials from the State Library is possible through the Library’s Document Delivery service, and may incur a fee

Response time

We aim to provide a response within 10 working days.

What we are not able to provide

  • Lengthy or ongoing research that exceed the parameters of an extended enquiry e.g. extended family history or newspaper searches
  • Detailed assistance with assignments
  • Searches for missing persons
  • Valuations
  • Legal or medical advice

Service disclaimer

We aim to provide the most current and accurate information.  We do not assume responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information provided, or for any action which relies on this information.


The State Library of Queensland respects your privacy. Personal information we collect is used only for our internal activities and functions (Libraries Act 1988) and will not be disclosed unless required by law. For more information, please read the State Library's privacy statement.

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