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.

Most items are searchable via our catalogue, One Search.

About our collections

Our collections are a work in progress and are guided by our Content Strategy, which also governs donations to the collection.

Content Strategy

The Content Strategy provides a framework for State Library to define its collecting role and focus on the development of collections which tell the story of Queensland.

Donations to the SLQ collection

SLQ acquires its collections through donations, private sales, legal deposit, auctions, and bequests. We are always happy to hear from individuals, business and organisations about possible donations to our collections.

Delivery times

Provides information on when the item you request 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.