Gallery Walk Discover stories around every corner

On view now

Free self-guided exhibition tour
Start at Knowledge Walk, level 1

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.

Level 4 Heritage Collections

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1. Talbot Family Treasures Wall

View up-close Queensland treasures on display.

2. Australian Library of Art

See rare and fine books including highlights from one of Australia’s largest publicly available collections of artists’ books.

Now showing: New Acquisitions

3. Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery

Immerse yourself in Queensland’s amazing shared history in this intimate gallery.

Now showing: Big Voices: Children’s Art Matters

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

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6. Sixteen by Ian Strange

View this triptych artwork, charcoal on mounted paper, produced for State Library’s exhibition Home: a suburban obsession.

Level 2 State Reference Library

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7. China/Hong Kong/Australia by Irene Chou

Gifted to State Library in 2007, this artwork is from The Universe is My Heart series.

8. slq Gallery

State Library’s flagship gallery presents curated exhibitions that link contemporary themes to Queensland’s historic past.

Now showing: Cut Copy: Brisbane music posters 1977-87
Previously shown: Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages

9. Queensland Terrace

Featuring Tea & Me, an eclectic collection of teacups and stories.

Level 1 Reception

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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.

Now showing:  Deadly Threads 
Previously shown: Jarjum Stories

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.

Library Shop

Conveniently located on level 1, browse a wonderful selection of Queensland authors and artists.

Brisbane CBD

Anzac Square and Memorial Galleries 

Experience the quiet solitude of Queensland’s pre-eminent war memorial.

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.