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Local government and public libraries

State Library of Queensland works together with local government to ensure all Queenslanders have access to a great public library service. Today there are more than 320 vibrant public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres across Queensland.  

We distribute the Public Library Grant and First 5 Forever funding to support collections, programs and services delivered by local government.    

Together with the public library network, we have developed a shared strategic vision: Realising our potential. This document frames our partnership and shapes priorities. 

State Library actively builds partnerships with government, corporate and philanthropic bodies to create opportunities for enhanced library services and programs. Collaborating to ensure Queensland communities are ready for the challenges of the future. 

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Find a public library or IKC
Search here for information about public libraries or Indigenous Knowledge Centres across Queensland. Find details on each library and online catalogue.
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Public library statistics
Each year over 21 million people visit a public library in Queensland. Visitors borrow around 35 million items annually and approximately 1.8 million people attend events.
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Public Library Grant
State Library administers the annual Public Library Grant to support the development of high-quality library and library-related services. In addition, local councils may be eligible for other grants by application.
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First 5 Forever
A statewide program providing strong early literacy foundations for all Queensland children aged 0-5 years.
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Indigenous Knowledge Centres
Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs) are owned and operated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils. Councils are responsible for the physical infrastructure, staffing and day to day operations.
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Rural Libraries Queensland
Rural Libraries Queensland represents a significant collaboration between local governments and the State Library of Queensland to provide high quality public library services to rural communities.
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Realising our potential: A vision for Queensland public libraries

State Library recognises the diversity of Queensland public libraries as they progress in their journeys toward becoming fully realised 21st century libraries. Realising our potential: A vision for Queensland public libraries articulates the partnership between state and local government to enable a vibrant and dynamic network of public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres.

Public libraries connect

Public Libraries Connect is a gateway to content, information and services for staff working in Queensland public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres. It includes resources for library management, public library standards, support for specialist services provided by libraries, and access to professional networks and development opportunities.