Learning resources

Discover a wealth of resources for teachers, parents and students to support teaching and learning.

Curriculum resources

Discover free, hands-on materials created across subjects including design, STEM, Indigenous perspectives, and First World War history, using content from State Library's extensive collections and exhibitions.

Exhibition content

Resources focus on digital materials related to our exhibitions. Educational resources support active learning and often provide printable, ready-to-deliver activities. These resources include references, suggestions for extension and direct links to digital materials in State Library collections.

Design Minds

Design Minds exists to engage the community and enable access to design thinking resources in education. It is a digital space for sharing resources, articles and toolkits, hosted by the Asia Pacific Design Library. Its methodologies can be used within existing education and learning benchmarks.

MAKEIT workshop plans

Hosted by The Edge, MAKEIT workshop plans offer introductory level 45 minute workshops on topics like film editing, mechanics and soft circuits. Ideal for small groups and ages 14 and over, the MAKEIT workshop plans are yours to download, use, edit, re-work, deliver and share with the community.

Artists' books Education Kit

The Artists’ Books Education Kit provides learning notes to enhance the teaching of Arts curriculum content to students from years 10 to 12, using artists’ books from the Australian Library of Art collection at State Library.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives

State Library celebrates the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people. We collect, preserve and share the documentary heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people across the State. Through consultation and collaboration, the State Library's collections serve as a central point for access and programming. Exhibitions and showcases, family history workshops, language research, and contemporary storytelling can be used to support learning across the curriculum.

First World War

State Library of Queensland houses many collections relating to the experience of Queenslanders during the First World War. Discover extensive learning resources to support your study and lesson planning.

Research tools

One Search

Use One Search, our catalogue to find primary and secondary sources: peer-reviewed journal articles, books, magazines, newspapers, music, maps,  ebooks, databases and other items.  Pins and tags Create and share private, pinned lists as well as publicly available banks of tagged resources.  Link tags to specific assessments, curriculum areas, school or class names or other useful labels. One Search also features tags that support the teaching of the prescribed text lists in English, developed in partnership with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Download our guide to One Search for teachers below.

State Library Wiki

The wiki is an evolving platform for open source projects, workshops and other materials. Based on content originally created at The Edge, the wiki has been developed to reflect our commitment to sharing intellectual property created using public resources. STEM and STEAM resources Discover a range of workshop plans on the wiki, including ready-to-deliver activities covering curriculum areas such as science, technology, engineering and art.  Educators are free to access, develop, modify and share these resources in their classrooms.

eresources for learning

High quality online resources to support learning are available for free to State Library members. Not a member? Join now


With over 30,000 films to explore, there are resources for all curriculum areas on the free streaming film service, Kanopy. Licencing allows educators to project films in class, screen movies for the school community or run student clubs. Gather resources together to support the subjects you’re teaching by creating playlists made up of short clips or whole films. Once lists are created you can play them in class, or share with students who can watch in their own time. Here's a poetry playlist as an example, inspired by the prescribed text list in high school literature. Kanopy is available on desktop, mobile and tablet.


Lynda.com is an elearning subscription service that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials in basic topics like Windows 10, Office 365 and Google Docs, as well as over 400 courses specifically designed for P-12 educators in topics like Moodle, Google Apps, Canvas and "flipping the classroom". Experts create and deliver all courses and provide exercises and work samples. Using your State Library membership, create an account through State Library's dedicated portal.

Press Reader

PressReader brings you access to online newspapers and magazines from Australia and across the globe in more than 30 different languages. These include iconic Australian magazines such as The Australian Women’s Weekly, Australian Geographic and House & Garden, as well as education journals like Times Higher Education and The Australian Education Reporter.


There are over 200,000 ebooks in State Library’s collection. All subject areas are covered. You can read ebooks online using an internet browser, download them to a mobile device and print or copy pages.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids is reputable, authoritative and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in way they’ve never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Encyclopedia Britannica is a great starting point for any information search. It has comprehensive coverage of topics and three separate sections for kids, teens and adults, with age appropriate information.

Macquarie Dictionary

A dictionary and Thesaurus are must-have resources for students, teachers, parents and general word lovers. It's much more than definitions. Macquarie Dictionary online is available to State Library members for free. It is nationally and internationally regarded as the standard reference on Australian English. The database has some wonderful features including etymologies for words, words and phrases from regional Australia, audio pronunciations and the complete record of English as it is used in Australia.

Other useful resources

As well as State Library resources numerous other organisations have resources that are useful for parents, teachers and students.

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