The collections of the John Oxley Library reflect Queensland's contemporary and popular culture as well as the past. You can read more about the collections that make up the John Oxley Library and State Library of Queensland’s Content Strategy .
Learn more about the Queensland experience and how State Library is preserving Queensland’s memory through collections and Queensland content.


Discover the treasures and significant collections in the Showcase. They include The early Ekka; Panoramic QLD; Australian South Sea Islanders; nearly 1000 covers and illustrated pages from The Queenslander newspaper; Hornibrook: the legacy of Sir Manuel Hornibrook; the Johnstone Gallery Archive; the James C Sourris AM collection of digital stories revealing Australian artists and the influences that shape their art practice. Visit the Showcase regularly to view new collections and the stories they feature.

Google Arts & Culture

Take an extremely close look at a curated selection of treasured items from SLQ’s First World War, music, and Australian South Sea Islander collections on our Google Arts & Culture page.

Discover extraordinary levels of detail on photographs, documents, certificates, collages, postcards and more digitised at a very high resolution.

First World War in Queensland

More than 57,000 service men and women from Queensland volunteered for action during WWI. Many were injured or killed as evidenced in the hundreds of names on memorials and honour boards in towns and cities across the state. The John Oxley Library houses significant collections relating to the experience of Queenslanders during the Great War. You can access these collections, letters and diaries through SLQ’s resources link; read blog stories that feature more about the men and women who served, learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation; a list of published sources -  useful for researching the First World War  and how to go about finding your soldier.

For more information or to discover how you can contribute to Queensland's First World War and Anzac history, visit Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation.

Queensland's websites archived

State Library is an active participant in PANDORA - Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia. Since 2002, SLQ has actively preserved Queensland’s online resources and websites  for future generations. Read more about selection guidelines and how you can submit your website and blog for archiving consideration.

Queensland newspapers

Queensland newspapers are collected by SLQ and form part of the Australian Newspaper Plan which aims to collect and preserve every newspaper published in Australia, guaranteeing public access to these important historical records. Learn more about Queensland’s newspapers and learn how you can support the collections.


Queensland maps are comprehensively collected because they are an important component of Queensland memory. Among them are an extensive collection of estate maps and maps featuring European exploration of the coastline by Cook and Flinders, plus those by the inland explorers McKinlay, Landsborough and Burke and Wills.

Picture Queensland

Picture Queensland is an online collection of images documenting Queensland’s people, places and events. Check out the images contributed by Queensland’s contributing cultural institutions. Together with the images in the John Oxley Library, the photographs in Picture Queensland reflect the unique circumstances of each region and create a rich and intriguing pictorial record.

Library membership

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Library Shop online

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