John Oxley Library

The John Oxley Library (JOL) supports the materials and collections linking to Queensland’s events, ideas, people and places.  The Library contains unique Queensland resources including diaries, manuscripts, artworks, photographs, original maps and plans, and oral histories. A broad range of books, magazines, newspapers, and ephemera are acquired largely through legal deposit and websites are archived in Pandora.

Researchers can access these physical collections in the Reading Room, Level 4. Staff will assist with access and SLQ members are welcome to request items using the library’s catalogue - One Search.

Visitors may view collections on display in the Treasures Wall and Philip Bacon Gallery on the same level.

Collections comprising the Australian Library of Art can be requested and accessed from the John Oxley Library Reading Room. A selection is displayed in the Australian Library of Art Showcase, currently supported by the Siganto Foundation.

The collections of the John Oxley Library reflect Queensland's contemporary and popular culture as well as the past. They include diverse subjects such as First World War resources, newspapers and maps.

Read more about the collections of the John Oxley Library or check out the collection FAQs for guidance.

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