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Resources, guides, and tools helping you to discover more of State Library's content and materials relating to Queensland.

Research guides

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Environment and sustainability
Access the collections, resources and content highlighting the diversity of Queensland's unique environment and the historic events that stood up to protect and preserve Queensland's natural wonders.
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Three photographers on the South Molle Reef pontoon, Whitsundays Region
Tourism in Queensland
We invite you to explore selected resources, collections, and research uncovering fascinating stories and facts linking to Queensland's iconic tourism status.
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Group of supporters waving placards and banners at the rally
LGBTQIA+ community
Access resources identifying the diversity of LGBTQIA+ communities in Queensland including evidence of the ongoing struggle for recognition and same-sex marriage equality which became legal in December 2017.
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Mocatta residence [architect Robin Gibson] in Yeronga, Queensland, c.1966.
Queensland architecture
State Library's rich architectural collections document the careers and work of noted and lesser-known architects. Explore a variety of collection resources related to Queensland architects, architectural practices and our distinctive built heritage.
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Several Australian South Sea Islander men loading cane stalks onto wagon in the field
Australian South Sea Islanders
Australian South Sea Islanders have a compelling heritage etched in the landscapes of Queensland. State Library has a vast array of collections and resources to explore, providing an insight into their history and contribution.
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People assemble in front of the locomotive on the opening day
Queensland railways
Access visual resources, collections and stories featuring the historical background of railways and their development in Queensland.
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John Oxley Library blog
Explore stories about Queensland idenities, places, events, collections and the history of Queensland.
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Searching newspapers
Find out how to access newspapers for research, techniques and search strategies.
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State Library fellows

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Queensland Memory Awards
Fellowships support researchers and creatives of all kinds to interpret the significant collections of the John Oxley Library.
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Research Reveals 2024 MC - ABC Weather presenter, Jenny Woodward, OAM.
Research Reveals Videos
By engaging with our collections, fellows provide new insights that enhance our understanding of Queensland’s history.
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Read our fellows blogs
Discover the latest research findings and historical insights from State Library's fellows on our John Oxley Library Blog.
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Using the library

Practical information to help you get started using our services, collections and support.
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Family history
Access the resources and information of State Library of Queensland’s Family History collections.
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Ask a librarian
If you have a general enquiry or would like to ask us a specific question we invite you to use one of the forms available or send us your feedback.
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Subscribe to receive your copy of the Queensland Memory e-newsletter or email Queensland Memory to discuss sharing your stories.