State Library's resources include books, maps, photographs, newspapers, manuscripts and audio, video and digital material much of which reflects Queensland in all its glory.  Get a glimpse of some of the significant collections within our walls.

Queensland history

State Library, mainly through its John Oxley Library, has a vital role in preserving and sharing Queensland'€™s history, collecting contemporary and retrospective content that chronicles events, people, places and ideas that continue to shape Queensland.

Family history

Access a wide range of resources and information guides for use in family and local history research, available through State Library.


Access to a variety of web-based, sometimes remotely accessible, databases and eresources provided for clients within the State Library of Queensland venue and often across Queensland.

Convict Queenslanders

Biographical information about significant convict Queenslanders, compiled as part of State Library's searchable database of convicts indexed from British convict transportation registers.

Children and families

State Library provides children and families with access to games, databases and websites.


Links to online multicultural library services and resources, including your local Queensland public library and other websites.


State Library resources and services for students, such as finding what you want, meeting and studying at the South Bank building, and getting help with assignments.


State Library offers educators support, professional development and resources to enhance their teaching practice, including learning notes, and planning a visit to the South Bank building.


Resources relating to maps and mapping at State Library, including real estate maps, Queensland maps, early Australian mapping and maps useful for family history.


The music collections at State Library include music scores, sheet music, music databases, songbooks and hymn books, plus online resources.


Access current and historical materials and eresources for Commonwealth and Queensland law through State Library, in print, on microfilm and online through databases and websites.


State Library of Queensland offers a range of resources across all major business areas including industry and product information, commerce, statistics, banking, insurance, economics, finance, investment, marketing, and more. Resources include books and reference works, magazines and newspapers, indexes and full-text databases.

Art and design

State Library's arts and design collections contain materials relating to the world history of art from pre-history to the present day. Collection strengths include 19th and 20th century Western art, Australian art, artists’ books, book arts and the Asia Pacific Design Library.


Queensland newspapers, newspapers online, and the Tim Fairfax Newspaper Reading Room available through State Library.

Preserving your collections

State Library includes experts in ensuring the long term preservation of all kinds of books, ephemera, art works, documents, sheet music, films, audiovisual materials and photographs. They offer concise, free advice to organisations and the public on preservation and conservation issues.

Publishers and writers

Information and requirements for publishers and writers on publishing, such as legal deposit, copyright, and how to obtain standard publication numbers.

Picture Queensland

An online photographic collection, Picture Queensland contains images documenting Queensland’s people, places and events. This includes historical and contemporary images from across the state.

Queensland stories

State Library uses digital storytelling (short videos that use a a combination of images, sound, narration, animation, video and music to tell a person’s unique story) to capture a diverse range of Queensland stories.

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.