RLQ eresources

Rural Libraries Queensland and Indigenous Knowledge Centre networks

Mobile Apps

If you are constantly on the move, value-adding to your day is easy. Access your favourite eresources the streamlined way, via their dedicated mobile apps. There are mobile apps available from many of your favourite eresource vendors, including Borrowbox, Freegal, Kanopy, Lynda.com and RB Digital. See the guide below to get started.

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Ancestry - Library Edition

Explore your family's story. Only available from Library computers. Ask at your local library. Access SLQ's Family History services as well as links to eresources and internet sites that will help you with your genealogical research.

Remote access to this Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily enabled for library members due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In-library-only access will be restored when public libraries reopen. To access, see the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the Aurora Montage catalogue
  2. Click on 'Ancestry' on main menu bar.
  3. Enter your library membership details in the new window.
  4. Click Login.
  5. Ancestry will open.

View State Library of Queensland’s Family History services


Austlit is a primary resource of Australian literature and storytelling, theatre, film and television with biographical information, full text, exhibitions ad rich online content. Access is via the RLQ catalogue by searching 'austlit'.

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Comprehensive record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander publications. The database covers all forms of creative writing plus film, television, criticism and scholarship, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island writers and literary and storytelling cultures. Access to the database is via Austlit.

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BorrowBox - ebooks and eaudiobooks

Latest Australian titles in ebooks or eaudiobooks.

Visit the BorrowBox website or download the app

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Freegal Music

Want new sounds? Use your library membership to stream free music onto your digital device. Download yours to keep. New songs added each week.

Freegal has increased their streaming allowance from 8 hours of streaming to 24-hours-per-day streaming at no cost for library members during the COVID-19 pandemic.This is a temporary upgrade and will be in effect until September 30, 2020.

Visit the Freegal website or download the app

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GCF LearnFree.org

Free self-paced tutorials and online classes on a range of topics including technology, Microsoft Office tutorials, math, career, reading, everyday life skills and more. No need to create an account or sign in.

Visit the GCF LearnFree.org website

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Kanopy - video streaming

Watch the world's finest cinema on any device. Choose from a large collection of movies, independent films and documentaries.

Visit the Kanopy website or download the app

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You can learn it! Courses and video tutorials on the latest commercial software, creative and business skills.

Visit the Lynda website or download the app

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National Geographic Virtual Library

Complete archive of National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Traveler magazine and National Geographic Kids Magazine. Latest issues are embargoed and not available for 2 months. Includes books, images & multimedia. Visit the National Geographic website

OverDrive - ebooks and eaudiobooks

Register using your RLQ card to access the latest fiction and popular titles.

Visit the Overdrive website

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OverDrive for Teens – ebooks and eaudiobooks

Your own eReading room, designed just for you! Maze Runner, Young Sherlock and more.

Visit the Overdrive for Teens website or download the Libby app

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PressReader - newspapers and magazines online

For newspapers - sign up for a free State LIbrary card

Read the newspaper in its original format, just as it appears in print. More than 30 languages from over 50 countries. Customise your newsfeed. Includes many regional Queensland newspapers.

Visit the PressReader website

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RBdigital emagazines

Read your favourite Australian magazines. Online or download for later.

Visit the RBdigital website or download the app

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The Times Digital Archive

For newspapers - sign up for a free State Library card

Spanning 1785 to 2012, the archive of the 'world's newspaper of record' published in London, covers all major international historical events from the French Revolution to the Falkland War. An extraordinary tool for family historians and researchers.

Visit The Times Digital Archive website

Find ebooks, stories and eaudiobooks all in one kid-friendly place. Choose from hundreds of books to download to your computer, iPad, tablet or ereader.

Not a member? Join at your local library.

View the catalogue to find reading lists of books just for you, such as All kinds of families, Imagination, Little inventors, Science for kids and You can do it!

Animalia (Library Edition)

Engage digitally with Graeme Base’s ‘Animalia’ and ‘The ABC of Flying’ – read the stories and have fun with the interactive activities.

Animalia (Library Edition) is available for download on your favourite platform:

App Store (ipad only, not available for iPhone)
Google Play (Android)

Clicking on the links below will commence direct download of the chosen desktop software. Click "Run" to continue installation.

Mac installer
Windows setup


The Graeme Base Collection is an additional app that complements the Animalia app.

It is made up of 6 of Graeme's books narrated by himself - Animalia, The Waterhole, Jungle Drums, Eye to Eye, The Eleventh Hour and Uno's Garden.

The Graeme Base Collection is available for download on:

App Store (iPad only, not available for iPhone)


Google Play (Android)


Clicking on the links below will commence direct download of the chosen desktop software. Click "Run" to continue installation.

Mac installer: https://api.tendril.com.au/download/5e745218e80f0138b10b3660 

Windows setup: https://api.tendril.com.au/download/5e7452a645890538b07899cb 


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Kanopy Kids

Films and TV Series, including learning languages, animated storybooks and anime favourites for pre- schoolers and up.

Visit the Kanopy Kids website

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Kindergo is an interactive book library for kids aged 2 - 7. It has three reading modes; read to me, read together & tap and hear with a parent portal that keeps account details separate. Nine interactive themed islands feature award winning books along with kids learning games that support and reinforce reading lessons.

Kindergo is available to download on your favourite platform:

App Store (Apple iPad, iPhone) 
Google Play Store (Android)

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National Geographic Kids

Get ready for amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

Visit the National Geographic Kids website

Overdrive for Kids

Like to read or listen to stories? Choose from hundreds of books to download to your computer, iPad, tablet or ereader.

Visit the Overdrive for Kids website

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Story Box Library

Australian narrated eBooks for kids with interactive storytelling.

Visit the Story Box Library website

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Digital literacy

High quality, freely available online resources that offer training in foundation skills in day-to-day use of computers and applications.

Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum
Developed by Microsoft, the site is for beginners to those who have some experience. It has resources to teach generic skills and concepts in topic areas such as Computer Basics; The Internet, Cloud Services, and the World Wide Web; Productivity Programs (MS Word, Excel etc), Computer Security and Privacy; Digital Lifestyles.

Be Connected Network
A new initiative funded by the Australian Government to support digital literacy for older Australians. Be Connected comprises a website with advice and learning resources and a grants program for which libraries and other community-based providers can submit applications to secure funding. The Be Connected Network is coordinated by the Good Things Foundation.

Go Digi
Go Digi is a free program that helps individuals and communities improve their digital skills and confidence online. Learning guides cover everyday topics such as connecting to the internet, finding health information, enjoying armchair travel, discovering online shopping and exploring hobbies.

Tech Savvy Seniors
An ongoing partnership between the Queensland Government (through State Library of Queensland) and Telstra, to deliver technology training to seniors through public libraries across Queensland. Trainer guides and short ‘self-teach’ videos are available in a range of introductory topics.

ABC Health
Latest news from the ABC and an A to Z library of topics relevant to Australians.

Cochrane Library
A regularly updated online resource containing a collection of evidence-based databases. Reviews of different treatments feature a Plain Language Summary, with the aim of making the information accessible to everyone. All Australians have free access to the Cochrane Library as a result of the Australian Government funding a national subscription.

GALE Health & Wellness Resource Centre
Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes more than 1000 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Legal Aid Queensland's free legal information publications are available online or in hard copy. The factsheets and guides have lots of useful legal information on a range of common legal issues:

Domestic and family violence

Relationships and children

Criminal justice

Cars and driving

Work and money

Personal rights and safety

One Search

Use the State Library catalogue to find books, magazines, newpapers, music, maps, and online resources such as ebooks and databases.

Visit the OneSearch website


Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations relating to Australia and gives you tools to explore and build.

Visit the Trove website