COVID-19 update: easing of restrictions

Welcome back to State Library!

We are open in line with the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to easing restrictions. The health and safety of our staff and visitors is our top priority.

Numbers are restricted in each space in accordance with Queensland Health guidelines.

Conditions of entry

Please note the following conditions of entry before your visit to State Library:

  1. You will not be able to enter State Library if:
    • You currently have COVID-19.
    • You have been told to quarantine.
    • You are unwell or are displaying COVID-19 or cold/flu symptoms, no matter how mild.
    • You have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • You have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days.
    • You have returned from a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days.
  2. Use the hand sanitiser provided before you enter.
  3. Your details will be requested via our booking systems, and this information may be forwarded to Queensland Health if necessary for COVID-19 contact tracing procedures.
  4. You must leave the building following your booking to allow for spaces to be sanitised in between sessions.
  5. Keep 1.5 metres away from others at all times.
  6. Only EFTPOS transactions are available at this time (no cash accepted).

The conditions may be subject to change.

We respect your privacy. Personal information we collect is used only for our internal activities and functions (Libraries Act 1988 (Qld)) and will not be disclosed unless required by law. For more information, please read State Library's privacy statement.

Visiting and using our spaces

Free wifi is available in the Knowledge Walk 7am to 7pm daily.

The following spaces are open:

Infozone: 9am–5pm Monday to Friday, 10am–5pm Saturday and Sunday (no bookings required)
Computers are available for 60-minute sessions on a first come basis. A maximum of 20 people are allowed in the Infozone.

John Oxley Library: two sessions daily (10am–1pm and 2–5pm)
Book a space in the John Oxley Library for:

  • quiet individual study, or
  • access to heritage collections.

We encourage you to request collection items through One Search or by calling 07 3840 7810 ahead of your booking so they can be ready for your session.

Please note only State Library members can book spaces in the John Oxley Library. Membership is free and access is immediate. Become a member online.

Level 3 (State Reference Library): two sessions daily (9am–12noon and 1–4pm Monday to Friday, 10am–12noon and 1–4pm Saturday and Sunday)
Book a space on level 3 for:

  • individual study, or
  • computer access.

Collections are currently unavailable for browsing, but you can request items. We encourage you to make your request through One Search or by calling 07 3840 7810 ahead of your booking so the items can be ready for your session. If you don’t want to book a space to work onsite, you can also request items to pick up through our click and collect service or from your local public library (more information below).

If you require access to equipment such as the microform reader printer, Minolta reader printer, fiche reader or microform reader, please call us on 07 3840 7810 to pre-arrange access and the conditions of use during your visit. Alternatively you can use our Ask us service for research assistance.

Please note only State Library members can book spaces on level 3. Membership is free and access is immediate. Become a member online.

slq Gallery: one hour sessions on week days (9am–5pm) and weekends (10am–5pm)
Step back to Brisbane in the 70s and 80s in Cut Copy, where the city’s conservative climate sparked youth rebellion, do-it-yourself expression and underground music. Book your free entry ticket to the date and session of your choice. 

Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery: one hour sessions daily (10am–1pm and 2–5pm)
Take a journey into young artists’ worlds in Big Voices: children’s art mattersBook your free entry ticket to the date and session of your choice. 

The Edge: Open Lab (12noon–6pm Wednesdays and Thursdays), Hack the Evening (6–8pm Thursdays)
Book some time on your favourite equipment in the Fabrication Lab, or register to join us for Hack the Evening on Thursday nights. Check the FAQs for more information. Tickets for the General lab inductions and workshops are available for sale on the What's on pages. 

Onsite activities for children and families (from 9 November)
Come and play! Book to join us onsite for fun with your little ones:

  • Play Time in The Corner (10–11.30am & 12noon–1.30pm, Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays)
  • Baby Play in The Parlour (10–11am Tuesdays)
  • Rhyme Time in The Parlour (10–11am Saturdays).

You can also participate in weekly live First 5 Forever sessions from the comfort of your home. Tune in from 10am Wednesdays, broadcast via First 5 Forever on Facebook. Pre-recorded sessions are also shared on SLQ play Facebook on Mondays and Fridays.

The Library Café Pop Up: 7.30am–3pm Monday to Friday, 10am–3pm Saturday and Sunday (takeaway only)
Grab a snack before or after your booking to enjoy on-the-go, with a delicious selection of coffee, tea, drinks, sandwiches and more.

Library Shop: 10am–5pm daily (or shop online anytime!)

Anzac Square Memorial Galleries (CBD): 10am–4pm Sunday to Friday

Other spaces (including level 2 and kuril dhagun) remain closed. 

Collection access

All current loans have been extended and can be returned to reception, level 1.

If you have requested collection items, here’s how you can access them when you visit.

If you have a desk or computer booking:

If you would like to use collection items during your booking, please request them through One Search or by calling 07 3840 7810 ahead of your visit so they can be ready for you.

For bookings on level 3, collect your items at the beginning of your session from the level 3 hold shelf. For bookings in the John Oxley Library, collections will be placed at your booked space. Please remember you must book a space in the John Oxley Library collection access area to use heritage collections.

If you don’t have a booking:

Items can be collected onsite via our click and collect service. Click and collect requests placed by 5pm each day are available for collection after 11am the following day from reception, level 1.

You can also choose to have your requests delivered to your local Queensland public library.

Find out more about collection delivery times.

More information

We’ll continue to keep this page updated with information about the reopening of our spaces and services.

Onsite programs and events are on hold, but many have moved online. Plus, you can still access the best of State Library online, anytime, anywhere.

Our reference librarians will continue to provide our Ask us service.

Stay connected

Become a member online to access thousands of free ebooks, newspapers, journals, films and other resources from home. You can learn a new skill with Lynda.com and explore our fascinating exhibitions and digital stories.

COVID-19 information

We have worked with Queensland Health to develop a COVID-Safe Site Plan specific to State Library. The plan governs how we are managing safe practices onsite in the current COVID-19 environment.

Visit Queensland Health or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for the latest health advice.