Rural Libraries Queensland

Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) represents a significant collaboration between local governments and the State Library of Queensland to provide high quality public library services to rural Queensland's people.

The RLQ online catalogue provides 24/7 access to the resources and services of the 28 participating councils in the network. Search the RLQ Catalogue.

Join the network that has the latest Australiana titles and broadest range of eresources.

Select the membership that fits you

To enjoy RLQ membership including full borrowing privileges, visit an RLQ library and provide proof of your name and current address e.g. current driver licence. You must live within the RLQ network area.

If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must show proof of their name and current address.

With full membership, you will receive a library card that must be presented each time you borrow.

If you are an RLQ online member, you can upgrade your membership at any time by visiting your local RLQ library.

Library items can be returned to any RLQ library branch regardless of where they were borrowed. You can return material 24/7 via after-hours access chutes available at most libraries.

Additional terms and conditions of membership may apply at each local library.

With full membership you can:

  • reserve library items that can be collected at your home library.
  • renew library items you have on loan.
  • view current loans and loans history.

Charges

Membership to RLQ libraries is free. Some additional services may attract fees at some libraries.

Customers may be charged for lost or damaged library items. Any other charges will be at the discretion of library staff in accordance with their local Council by-laws.

Notices

RLQ members receive a courtesy reminder notice before their borrowed items are due for return. The onus is on the customer to ensure their items are returned on time.

Inter-library loans and suggestions for purchase

If the RLQ network does not have the title you need, you can suggest it for purchase if it’s recently published. If it was published over 2 years ago your library will request a loan of the title from another library.

How to renew or update your membership

Your RLQ membership is valid for two years. If you change your contact details or have any questions regarding your membership, please contact your local library.

Travellers within regional and outback Queensland can become a member of a public library in the Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) network, for free.

RLQ is a collaboration between local governments and State Library of Queensland to provide high quality public library services across rural Queensland.

Register for an RLQ tourist card online and a card will be mailed to your home address or PO box within five working days.

Alternatively, you can join in person at any branch in the RLQ network. To find an RLQ library, select ‘Tourist Card library’. Print the Tourist card library locations (PDF 537.4 KB). Proof of identification and residential address must be provided and you will also need to agree to RLQ's terms and conditions. Children under 18 years must be joined by a parent or guardian who must show proof of current address.

Borrowing and returning

All new members receive an RLQ tourist card which is valid for six months. The library card enables members to borrow books and items from all RLQ libraries. Library cards must be shown each time an item is borrowed.

Members can borrow up to four items at a time, for four weeks (28 days).

Limits apply to some collections (e.g. magazines and DVDs). Library staff may request a limit on the number of items on a single topic to ensure equity of access for all library members.

Items can be renewed once, as long as the item has not been reserved by another patron. Members can renew their items through the online library catalogue or in person at any of our library locations.

Library items can be returned to any RLQ library branch regardless of where they were borrowed. Most libraries have after hours access chutes which can be used by members 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When logging into the online catalogue, you are able to

  • renew library items
  • view current loans and loans history
  • view or change your personal details
  • add your own reviews
  • Access downloadable eresources through eReading (ebooks and magazines), eListening (music and eaudiobooks) and eLearning (online courses and self-paced tutorials)

Members must comply with State Library of Queensland's User Online Comments Policy.

Download a Quick Guide (PDF 694.1 KB) for using your RLQ Tourist card.

Charges

Membership to RLQ libraries is free. Some additional services may attract fees at some libraries.

Customers will be charged for lost or damaged library items. Any other charges will be at the discretion of library staff, in accordance with their local Council by-laws.

Notices

RLQ Tourist members are notified by email when an item is overdue. The onus is on the customer to ensure their items are returned on time.

The first time you receive an email notice from the library it may be diverted to your bulk, spam or junk mail folder. To avoid missing out on a notice, check your junk mail folder regularly for an email from RLQ.

Inter-library loans

Inter-library loans will not be available for travelling members of RLQ. This service is provided by your home library.

How to renew or update your membership

Your RLQ tourist membership is valid for six months. If you have lost your card, have changed your contact details or your card is due for renewal please complete our online form.

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Find the wide range of eresources available to members of the Regional Libraries Queensland and Indigenous Knowledge Centre networks. From ebooks and audiobooks to family history resources to free movies, music and magazines, there's something here for you.