Thousands of images free from State Library

Immediate access to 60,000 high resolution historic and contemporary Queensland images is now available free from State Library of Queensland.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the images could be downloaded via the SLQ catalogue.

She said, “All our out-of-copyright and Creative Commons-licenced images are now available for direct download from our catalogue – at no charge.  We believe wholeheartedly in making our content available to all so we’re delighted to offer this new service. Images available cover Queensland people, places, and events. They are high resolution TIFF files and the images can be re-used for any purpose – all we ask is that you credit or attribute the images appropriately. Those images made available under a Creative Commons licence should be credited by identifying State Library, the creator, the title, and the licence the work is under. Out-of-copyright images can simply be credited to State Library of Queensland.”

Ms Wright said State Library of Queensland images were being used for a wide range of purposes.

She said, “Our images are already widely used – for websites and blogs, school work, academic research and more – and this new service makes these images even more accessible.”

Information about SLQ’s preferred attribution can be found at

To download high resolution images go to and search the catalogue. When you find the image you want, select Display item on the right hand side and then click on the download icon top left (View Options). Select the download icon again and you will then be able to open or save the image.

Previously library clients had to pay to order copies which could take up to five working days for delivery.

State Library will continue to provide an image reproduction services offering clients a high resolution file or photographic print of items in the collections. Pricing depends on original format and delivery options. See for details.

Media enquiries:
Cathy Stacey, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9346 |

Women running over a sand dune

Young women running over a sand dune on an unidentified beach, ca. 1935. Image courtesy of State Library of Queensland

Link to digital item

John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 45726

Gardens Point in Brisbane, ca 1870

Gardens Point in Brisbane, ca 1870.  Image courtesy of State Library of Queensland

Link to digital item

John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 156882

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