Science at State Library

As part of World Science Festival Brisbane, we’ve curated this selection of science related collections, resources and stories to help satisfy your research needs or curiosity all year round.

Online resources

SLQ members have free access to thousands of science and technology online articles, information databases and journals, including science encyclopaedias, New Scientist journal, Standards Australia, Access Science databases and more.

Investigate online science and technology and social science resources.

Not a member? Join online to access member-only resources.

Queensland science stories

John Oxley Library blog articles tell some of Queensland’s intriguing science stories, like ‘Early rain-making experiments in Queensland’, ‘Drilling for electricity’ or ‘Science on the Great Barrier Reef’.


Beautifully curated Flickr albums containing images from SLQ’s John Oxley Library reveal some of Queensland’s memories of floods and astronomy.

Community science workshops and do it yourself kits

At SLQ’s The Edge science is a core part of programming, with regular community science workshops providing you with hands-on opportunities to experiment, learn and create.  
Visit The Edge website to see upcoming science workshops and dive into the mind of Dr Peter Musk, Science Catalyst at The Edge.

Collection preservation

Science and technology is used every day by State Library of Queensland’s collection preservation team.  This video is a snapshot of the tools and processes used to highlight how science is applied by cultural heritage conservators to treat and preserve Queensland’s documentary heritage. You can get also a glimpse of conservators in action through the SLQ Conservation Lab windows and display on level 5.

Collection Preservation at State Library of Queensland from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

Caring for your own collections at home

Expert guides from the SLQ conservation team provide helpful advice on caring for you own photos and documents at home.

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.