COVID-19 update: State Library is gradually reopening and more spaces are now available. Check what’s open before you visit.
Take a self-guided tour of State Library and discover fascinating stories around every corner.
While we are gradually reopening our galleries and other spaces at State Library, you can explore our exhibitions and showcases online.
Visit the Library Shop online or on level 1, where you can purchase a memento of your visit.
If you want to see more, Anzac Square and Memorial Galleries are just a short walk away.
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View up-close Queensland treasures on display.
See rare and fine books including highlights from one of Australia’s largest publicly available collections of artists’ books.
Now showing: Norman Lindsay: Fauns and Ladies
Immerse yourself in Queensland’s amazing shared history in this intimate gallery.
Now showing: Big Voices: Children’s Art Matters
A two-part oil on canvas artwork inside John Oxley Library.
This sculptural installation and six themed reading rooms express the devastating effect of The Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1987 on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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View this triptych artwork, charcoal on mounted paper, produced for State Library’s exhibition Home: a suburban obsession.
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Gifted to State Library in 2007, this artwork is from The Universe is in my Heart series.
State Library’s flagship gallery presents curated exhibitions that link contemporary themes to Queensland’s historic past.
Coming soon: Cut CopyPreviously shown: Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages
Featuring Tea & Me, an eclectic collection of teacups and stories.
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Named after a fawn-footed meloyms, a species of native marsupial mouse found near Kurilpa Point where State Library is located. Explore Aboriginal art and curated displays that showcase the diversity of First Nations people and cultures in Queensland.
Coming soon: Old Words, New WaysPreviously shown: Jarjum Stories
A continuation of the After the Flood series, exploring toponymy and geomorphology while raising questions about climate change.
Made from steel and wire, this sculpture depicts the thousands of native animals that die every year on barbed-wire fences.
This large-scale illuminated mural tells the story of a native water rat’s habitat.
This work by acclaimed American sculptor is a sectional model of Paradigm, created for World Expo ’88.
On loan from Museum of Brisbane.
Conveniently located on level 1, browse a wonderful selection of Queensland authors and artists.
Experience the quiet solitude of Queensland’s pre-eminent war memorial.
Discover the stories behind the ten historical images from our rich photographic collection featured on the Gallery Walk billboard located outside State Library.