John Oxley Library

The collections of the John Oxley Library contain both primary and secondary source materials unique to Queensland. Collections are acquired primarily through legal deposit, donation, private sales, auction and bequest.

Published works include newspapers, ephemera, audio, published books, maps, posters and periodicals. The rare books within this collection contain important, early printed works with significant Queensland content.  A large volume of popular pamphlets and publications are digitised. You can browse some of them on the catalogue, One Search.

The original materials in the collection are extensive. They include manuscripts, documents and records of Queensland businesses, firms, churches, societies, trade unions, pastoral stations and more. They come in the form of letters, diaries, ledgers, photographs and oral histories. This collection is unique and is specific to Queensland.  

The photographic collection is regarded as one of Australia's prominent collections. Images digitised may be downloaded from One Search in high and standard resolution. SLQ is committed to making these collections accessible and sharing them on other SLQ’s platforms, including SLQ Flickr Commons; SLQ Historypin; and SLQ Wikimedia Commons.

Queensland websites and weblogs are selected for their authority, content and research value and archived to PANDORA. Each represents the Queensland content added to the National Library of Australia’s web archive.

Researchers can access comprehensive coverage of many Queensland newspaper titles, relevant to Queensland’s development and growth in all parts of the state. Accessed via Trove, the Queensland content provides an insight not commonly found elsewhere.

The John Oxley Library supports a collection of maps linked to Queensland locations, dating from settlement onwards. Estate maps in particular show the development of subdivisions and the growth of suburbs throughout South-East Queensland.

Digital stories and interviews can be viewed as part of SLQ’s audio / video and webcast collections. Most are arranged by subject for ease of access, including many with links to Queensland history and heritage in the Queensland Memory collection.

Indigenous Languages in Queensland are regarded as sleeping with only three spoken fluently.   State Library through the Indigenous Languages Strategy, supports indigenous language resources and programs. Learn more about Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and stay in touch via the Indigenous Languages blog.

The specialist art and design collections of the Australian Library of Art are accessed in the John Oxley Library Reading Room. Many items in this collection have significant Queensland content.

Enriching the lives of Queenslanders

Queenslanders everywhere are encouraged to engage with the stories, collections, resources and programs celebrating the preservation of Queensland’s memory. First World War stories, articles and contributions are being shared through Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation’s WWI Centenary blog. The photographs and collection items featured in the blogs form part of SLQ’s extensive and ongoing digitisation program. Access the digitised collections through SLQ’s One Search catalogue.

Discover more about the collections and links to Queensland history, its people and places.

Connected collections

Queensland's documented history and cultural heritage is dispersed across the state. A network of public libraries, Indigenous Knowledge Centres, historical societies, community museums, regional galleries, schools, universities, community spaces, private collectors, businesses and institutions contribute to the preservation of Queensland’s memory helping to preserve the Queensland experience.

State Library is part of this network and through the Queensland Memory program encourages opportunities for access, discoverability, increased awareness and renewed engagement with Queensland’s distinctive cultural knowledge.

Discover the initiatives, resources and tools developed to support Queensland’s broader heritage community.

These include:

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The Queensland Library Foundation (QLF) raises funds to help preserve Queensland’s cultural heritage and to acquire significant collections relating to Queensland. To be a supporter of the Queensland Library Foundation, contact the Executive Director for QLF for more information.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at SLQ, read how you can support the volunteer program and the work associated with Queensland Memory. Alternatively, become a digital volunteer and help SLQ to make the digital collections more visible and accessible.

Join the network

Subscribe to the Queensland Memory enewsletter and read about the achievements of Queensland’s vibrant network. Contribute your local stories and celebrate Queensland heritage and experiences.

Contact the Queensland Memory team. We are keen to receive your feedback and suggestions.

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