We're here for you

Library from home

Quizzes, games, online exhibitions, webinars, online books, podcasts and more.


Getting started

Become a member

Access more benefits online and onsite when you become a State Library member. Membership is free. Access is immediate.

Latest COVID-19 information

State Library is currently closed. Stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 restrictions and conditions of entry

What's on

Book Making : Crafting the Grumpus' Treasured Tomes

Tue 7 Sep (ongoing) · 6–8pm
The master of the Great and Grand Rumpus is calling for artisans and tech-smiths alike to bind the whisperings of the world into vivacious and venerable volumes to fill his library…. Throughout this workshop series you will take the stories produced by world-writing workshops and bind them into a beautiful book to display as part of the Great and Grand Rumpus exhibitioncoming soon to State Library. To craft these creative chronicles we will be combining the traditional craft of book binding with the contemporary skills of digital fabrication. Along the way you will learn how to: Design a cover in Inkscape (vector graphics software) Cut and etch that design on our laser cutter (including a laser cutter induction) Sew up a text block from loose leaves of paper (the stories) using traditional materials and methods Turn our laser-cut pieces into a cover and complete our books. A member of the library’s Preservations Team will co-facilitate this workshop series, and there will be an opportunity to visit the Preservations Lab in a bonus daytime session mid-way through the workshop series. There you will get a rare glimpse at the place where some of the real magic of State Library happens, learn how real book binders carry out their works and see a super fancy guillotine in use as we trim up our books. There are no special skills required, just bring your creativity, ideas and enthusiasm to each of the four fortnightly workshops starting Tuesday the 7 September to bring the book to life! As per Queensland Government advice, you must wear a mask during your visit unless you have a lawful reason not to. Stay up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 information at https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/alerts. Subscribe to be the first to know about our future events.
Deck of the Artemisia 1849 the first vessel to bring immigrants direct to Moreton Bay

Coming to Queensland

Fri 27 Aug · 10–11:30am
Coming to Queensland will uncover the unique and rich resources offered by each organisation and assist researchers to find records of immigrant arrivals.
woman smiling at the camera wearing a pink Indigenous shirt

Deadly Threads curator's tour

Tue 17 Aug (ongoing) · 1–1:30pm
Youth Writing Saturdays is a FREE, monthly creative writing workshop for young writers at any stage of development.

State Library blog

It’s on again! The complex challenge undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statics to count…

When choosing books to share with young children we generally gravitate to picture books, but…

Four titles in our Stories for Little Queenslanders series have been shortlisted in the Speech…

One of the most enduring plant obsessions is orchidelirium, or the mania for orchids. This…

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day is celebrated annually on the 4 August…

Did you know that babies need to hear a wide variety of words starting from…

State Library on Instagram