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SLQ celebrates! 10 years - Library of the future

Join us in a day of discovery and festivity to celebrate 10 years since State Library took on its current award-winning design, featuring markets , music , food , creative activities , exhibitions , and tours .

Explore the Knowledge Walk featuring BrisStyle’s 100% QLD made craft markets, a wide selection of food stalls as well as live music, poetry readings with Word on the Street and storytelling sessions at one of two performance stages. Pick up a book for a gold coin donation at our Great Book Swap, raising funds for Indigenous literacy in partnership with the Children’s Book Council.

Discover the unique features of the library in our SLQ treasure hunt, or take a tour and see the library’s evolution through digital displays, 3D models and architectural plans.

Create your own award winning building in the Imagination Playscape or learn how to make a clever laser cut LED lantern with The Edge. Learn some urban Indigenous slang with a game of Message Stack or weave an eight-pointed star to contribute to the One Million Stars project.

Come along and enjoy a day of celebration filled with Queensland stories, creativity and innovation, and join us for the official cutting of the cake as we celebrate SLQ’s role in preserving our culture and heritage.


BrisStyle Markets / Knowledge Walk / 10am-4pm

Explore 100% Queensland made craft markets from BrisStyle including a range of boutique food stalls. Find quality goods and hear stories about the products, direct from the makers.

Words & Music

Free music / Studio Courtyard / 10am-4pm

These wonderful local musicians will be accompanied by poetic interludes from Word on The Street and a special performance from the Absolutely Everybody Brisbane Choir- two of the empowering community arts program run by the School of Hard Knocks, Queensland.

10.00am Eileen Shao
10.45am Absolutely Everybody Brisbane Choir
11.15am SpiritSong
12.15pm Libby Myers
1.15pm Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay
2.15pm G’Day China Trio
3.15pm Amanda Wallace and the Rob Reeves Trio

Family Program / River Stage / 10am-4pm

Check out the River Stage for family focussed music and storytelling. Learn how to make music with unlikely objects with the Junk Orchestra or join in your favourite songs with Tim Jackman. This stage is nestled between the library and The Edge with a spectacular view on the river and a secret one-day-only entrance into The Parlour and The Corner. Come on down, everybody!

10am Junk Orchestra
11am Storytelling with special guests
12pm Junk Orchestra
1pm Tim Jackman
2pm Junk Orchestra
3pm Storytelling with special guests

Message Stack with kuril dhagun/ Knowledge Walk / 10am- 4pm

Challenge your friends to a game of Message Stack- an Indigenous Jenga-style game where you can learn some urban Indigenous slang. Have a laugh and try to keep a steady hand!

Aunty Ruth’s book launch and author talk / kuril dhagun /  12pm

Ruth Hegarty is a well-loved Aboriginal Elder and author and has been a supporter of kuril dhagun and SLQ for the last 10 years. We are delighted to launch her first fiction book entitled “The Empty Crib” as part of the 10 year anniversary celebrations. Come in to kuril dhagun and enjoy a special author talk and book signing.

Make an impression

Library of Ideas – Balloon Installation / Knowledge Walk / 10am-4pm

Share your vision for libraries of the future on a helium balloon. Release your idea into the SLQ atrium to contribute to a stunning collaborative installation.

LED Lantern Making with The Edge / Knowledge Walk / 10am-4pm

Learn how to make a clever laser cut LED lantern with The Edge. This is a free, drop in program, while stocks last!

Imagination Playscape / The Parlour / 10am-4pm

Design your own award winning construction with blocks, angles, chutes and hinges to create objects, imaginary places, dramatic scenarios, and games to play. The installation will be activated with facilitated play and open-ended free play sessions.

One Million Stars Project/ Infozone / 10am-4pm

Learn how to weave an eight-pointed star to contribute to the One Million Stars project – an installation that is as it sounds and will be showcased at the 2018 Commonwealth games.

Fun Face Lab / Knowledge Walk / 10am-4pm

Have you ever wondered how you would look as a musician or a pilot? Faceswap yourself onto a historical image from our Digital Image Collection.

Great Book Swap with Children’s Book Council /  Knowledge Walk / 10am-12pm

Swap one of your favourite books for someone else’s. Leave a gold coin donation to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Book donations welcome.

Our Stories

Building Treasure Hunt / Meet at Info, level 1 / 10am-4pm, Tours start every 30mins

Grab an iPad from the info desk and embark on a treasure hunt to match photo clues from around the building. Discover little known facts and features of the building on the way! Fun for children or adults.

Specialised Tours / Meet at Info, level 1 / 10am-4pm, tours schedule as below

Join one of our specialised tours to discover more about our building, services and programs. Tours will start on the hour. Spaces are limited so please sign up at the info tent on the day.


Caring for our collections 1 (40 mins)

Ever wondered what the copper panels on the outside of our building are for? In fact, they provide 90 per cent shade to the repository at all times and took two years to perfect! Come and have a look inside this highly specialised space where we store all our stuff. Then head to the Collection Preservation Lab to get a behind the scenes look at what our staff do to preserve our collections in the fight against pests and mould.


Caring for our collections 2 (40 mins)


Caring for our collections 3 (40 mins)


APDL Design Tour (20 mins0

Discover the design journey of our building and learn more about its features with insight from the APDL team.


Art of the Skins (30 mins)

Join a special curator’s talk about Art of the Skins exhibition. In a trail that weaves from SLQ Gallery to kuril dhagun, the exhibition explores contemporary Aboriginal possum skin cloaks, artefacts, historical images and accounts.

White Gloves Experience / White Gloves Room, level 4 / 10am – 4pm

Head to level 4 for a white gloves experience with some of our precious items and hear from our team of curators as they share their insight into our collections.

The Millennium Project / Digital Gallery, level 1 & APDL Lounge, Level 2 / 10am-4pm

Come and witness the library’s evolution, from design to construction and a snapshot of the last 10 years. Visit the giant screens on level 1 to explore photographs or head up to the APDL Lounge on level 2 for time lapse video, 3D models and architectural plans.

Then and Now Exhibition / The Corner / 10am -3pm

The Corner is celebrating its 10th birthday and over 1 million visitors. Contribute your memories to the Then and Now exhibition and celebrate the joy of stories and play.


Official Celebration / Queensland Terrace, Level 2 / 11am – 11.30am

Join us for the official cutting of the cake as we celebrate SLQ’s role in preserving our culture and heritage.

Sat 12 Nov 2016, 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Meet at Reception, level 1, State Library
More information:
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Mon to Fri 9:00am–5:00pm (07) 3840 7768  

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