Thought libraries were all about books? You’re in for a surprise. For art, culture and history lovers, take a self-guided tour of State Library and discover fascinating treasures around every corner. Pick up a guide on level 1 and check in to check it out.
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.
4. Baltasar and Blimunda by Robyn Medek
A two-part oil on canvas artwork inside John Oxley Library.
5. Black Opium by Dr Fiona Foley
This sculptural installation and six themed reading rooms express the devastating effect of The Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897 on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Level 3 State Reference Library
6. Sixteen by Ian Strange
View this triptych artwork, charcoal on mounted paper, produced for State Library’s exhibition Home: a suburban obsession.
9. Queensland Terrace
Featuring Tea & Me, an eclectic collection of teacups and stories.
Level 1 Reception
10. kuril dhagun
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.
A. MAIWAR Yunggulba by Megan Cope
A continuation of the After the Flood series, exploring toponymy and geomorphology while raising questions about climate change.
B. Dolly, Birds on a Wire by Laurie Nilsen
Made from steel and wire, this sculpture depicts the thousands of native animals that die every year on barbed-wire fences.
C. Kurilpa Country by Lilla Watson
This large-scale illuminated mural tells the story of a native water rat’s habitat.
11. Paradigm Maquette by Jon Barlow Hudson
This work by acclaimed American sculptor is a sectional model of Paradigm, created for World Expo ’88.
On loan from Museum of Brisbane.
Stories behind the billboard
Discover the stories behind the ten historical images from our rich photographic collection featured on the Gallery Walk billboard located outside State Library.