School visits

Bring your classroom to State Library and explore Queensland's rich history. 

Live at the Library 

Invite State Library into your classroom with our personalised, live-streamed experiences for year 7-12 classes in regional and remote schools.

In a ‘historical thinking’ workshop, year 7 – 10 students learn how to think like historians and build their understanding of ACARA’s historical concepts as they explore a selection of primary and secondary sources from State Library collections on topics studied in the Australian Curriculum: History for their year level. 

In the ‘research strategies’ workshop, year 10-12 students learn practical skills and research strategies to guide and complete their QCAA research-based internal assessments using State Library's extensive suite of national and international journals, databases, eBooks, encyclopedias, newspaper archives, and engaging collections of primary sources.

All Live at the Library experiences are customised to the topic you are teaching in your classroom. Students receive a takeaway guide to help them complete research for their assessments using State Library’s online collections. 

Term 1 & 2, 2023 Book now

Artists’ books, white gloves experience

15 students max per 45-minute session.
Recommended for senior students, years 11-12.
Session times: 11am - 11.45am.

Term 1: Wed 1 Mar I Wed 22 Mar.
Term 2: Wed 26 Apr I Wed 24 May I Wed 21 Jun.

Term 3: Wed 26 Jul I Wed 23 Aug.
Term 4: Wed 18 Oct I Wed 22 Nov.

Students and teachers are invited to investigate State Library's fantastic collection of artists' books in this exclusive, hands-on white gloves experience!

Led by expert librarians, students will be inspired by selected works from one of the largest publicly accessible artists' book collections in Australia, comprised of over 1700 works. Challenging the traditional concept of a paper book, including sculptural elements. Each work has its own story to tell through this rich and tactile media.

Term 1, 2, 3, 4, 2023 Book now

 

Research experience

35 max (including adults) per two-hour session
Recommended for years 7-12

This experience is designed for school groups seeking to build information literacy by blending in-school preparation with onsite research.

Teachers, please supply a topic for research or an assignment question when booking. A librarian will provide search terms and suggested resources for students to use. Once onsite the group is greeted by a volunteer who leads the way to our dedicated study area where students explore their topic using State Library’s Catalogue and online resources. Short how-to videos are available to provide students with basic search skills. To complete research, students will need to bring their own devices.

We may be able to accommodate larger school groups up to a maximum of 55 students at a time. Any groups larger than 35 will require additional seating that will be organised by library staff prior to your school’s attendance.

Contact schools engagement if your group has special requirements via learning@slq.qld.gov.au or (07) 3840 7768.

Term 1, 2, 3, 4, 2023 Book now

Independent study

35 max (including adults) per two-hour session
Recommended for years 5 -12

If your group wishes to study independently, book our school area on level 3 including large tables for study and quiet instruction, and access to the State Reference library. 

Please note that dedicated librarian assistance is not provided with this booking (if you require help with assessment topics or preparation, please book a research experience).

We may be able to accommodate larger school groups up to a maximum of 55 students at a time. Any groups larger than 35 will require additional seating that will be organised by library staff prior to your school’s attendance.

Contact schools engagement if your group has special requirements via learning@slq.qld.gov.au or (07) 3840 7768.

Term 1, 2, 3, 4, 2023 Book now

 

Explore exhibitions

35 max (including adults) per two-hour session
All years, self-guided experience
Session times: 10.00am – 12.00pm / 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Experience dynamic, informative, and entertaining exhibitions across a diversity of topics. Before booking check our website for specific exhibitions dates. You can book in conjunction with independent study if an area for debrief is desired. Seven days’ notice is required.

Please note that kuril dhagun visits require a separate booking.

Groups large than 35 may need to be split into two with supervising teacher/s. 

Contact schools engagement if your group is larger than 35 persons or has special requirements via learning@slq.qld.gov.au or (07) 3840 7768. 

Term 1, 2, 3 , 4, 2023 Book now

Art in public spaces

35 persons max (including adults) per two-hour session
Recommended for years 9-12
Session times: 10.00am – 12.00pm / 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Explore three major public art works within the State Library building across level 1 and level 4, in a self-guided experience. These major works by First Nations women include MAIWAR Yunggulba (2017) by Megan Cope, Kurilpa Country by Lilla Watson, and Black Opium (2006) by Fiona Foley.

Download the dedicated State Library education resource for 'Art in public spaces' here.

Bookings are essential to ensure MAIWAR Yunggulba by Megan Cope is accessible in kuril dhagun, a dedicated cultural and multi-purpose space celebrating First Nations knowledge and stories.

Contact schools engagement if your group is larger than 35 persons or has special requirements via learning@slq.qld.gov.au or (07) 3840 7768.

Term 1, 2, 3, 4, 2023 Book now

Treasure hunt

35 persons max (including adults) per two-hour session
Recommended for years 5-10
Session times: 10.00am – 12.00pm / 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Explore the State Library in a self-guided 'Treasure hunt' experience that grows positive relationships with library systems and spaces! Teachers direct small groups of 2-10 students to carry out tasks that ensure connection with all five floors of the building. For primary groups, additional adult supervision must be provided by the school for each small group of students.

Download the dedicated State Library resource for the self-guided 'Treasure hunt' experience here.

Contact schools engagement if your group is larger than 35 persons or has special requirements via learning@slq.qld.gov.au or (07) 3840 7768.

Term 1, 2, 3, 4, 2023 Book now

 

Explore kuril dhagun

35 persons max (including adults) per two-hour session
All years
Session times: 10.00am – 12.00pm / 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Experience kuril dhagun, a welcoming and respectful place designated for First Nations communities to meet, gather, and celebrate culture. Students and teachers are welcome into this space for a self-guided exploration of the kuril dhagun’s art, resources, and displays (visit kuril dhagun's webpage to explore current offerings).

Bookings are essential and fourteen-days’ notice is required.

Contact schools engagement if your group is larger than 35 persons or has special requirements via learning@slq.qld.gov.au or (07) 3840 7768.

 

Term 1, 2, 3, 4, 2023 Book now

Anzac Square Memorial Galleries tour

30 persons max (including adults) per 45min session
Recommended for Years 7-10

Experience Queensland’s pre-eminent war memorial and gain a greater understanding of Australia’s military past at Anzac Square. The refreshed Anzac Square Memorial Galleries curated by State Library of Queensland allow you to delve deeper into Queensland’s war history than ever before - embarking on an interactive journey from World War One to today.

 

Teacher professional development 

If you would like to view our current and upcoming professional development opportunities, please visit our dedicated Curriculum Connect, professional development page.

For more information, contact the Schools Engagement team via learning@slq.qld.gov.au or phone 07 3840 7768.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Email learning@slq.qld.gov.au or phone 07 3840 7768.

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