Collections

The State Library of Queensland's collections comprise a rich and diverse range of books, journals and magazines, newspapers, manuscripts and archives, maps, rare books, music, photographs, films and videos, eresources and more.

In addition to our Queensland history collection in the John Oxley Library, you will find resources in all subjects, with strengths in visual arts including the Australian Library of Art, music, history, family history and automotive technology.

Our geographic coverage has traditionally been focussed on Australia and regions where emigrants to Australia originated from such as the British Isles. More recently, we have developed collections from the Asia-Pacific area.

Special events and public presentations and workshops providing hands-on access to State Library collections are held in the Fox Family White Gloves Room, the Bank of Queensland Heritage collections Learning Room, the Queensland Terrace and the Tim Fairfax Newspaper Reading Room.

See detailed information about our collections, including donation information.

Most items are searchable via our catalogue, One Search.

Please refer to repository delivery times to see when your requested item will be available for perusal.

Library membership

State Library of Queensland provides special library services for members who have an SLQ membership card (formerly known as an e-services card).

Library Shop online

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