Food and drink at State Library

Why are there food and drink restrictions at State Library?

State Library of Queensland is a leading collector of Queensland’s heritage and we are committed to preserving our collections for use now and in the future. To do this we need to protect our collections from threats, particularly insects which attack collections. The most common enemies of paper and photographic items are cockroaches, silverfish and cigarette beetles (often called book worm).
Insects and pests are attracted to food and drink. By limiting food and drink in certain areas of the building, we can reduce the risk of insect damage.

Where can I eat and drink?

There are lots of signed food-friendly spaces around State Library of Queensland where you can enjoy a snack:
  • Infozone (level 1)
  • kuril dhagun (level 1)
  • River Decks (level 1)
  • The Corner (level 1)
  • Business Studio (level 1)
  • Talking Circle (level 1)
  • Queensland Terrace (level 2)
  • Black Opium rooms (level 4)

Where can’t I eat or drink?

Food is not permitted on Levels 2, 3, 4 or 5.
You can drink bottled water on Levels 2 and 3. Water fountains are also located on Levels 2, 3 and 4.
No food or drink is permitted inside the John Oxley Library, the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, the White Gloves Room or the meeting rooms on level 4 to protect our unique Queensland heritage collections.

Where can I leave my food and drink while I am visiting SLQ?

SLQ provides visitors with a cloakroom facility on Level 1 where you can securely deposit your personal belongings. Alternatively, you can collect a plastic bag from the Welcome Desk on level 1 to secure your food while you’re exploring and working throughout the SLQ building.
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