Hearing system signage at the State Library. Photo by Emma Winch.

Access and Inclusion

State Library is an accessible and inclusive place for all visitors and staff.


State Library provides accessible spaces, resources and services that embrace Queensland diversity.
Visitors are encouraged to provide feedback on our inclusive spaces and services through the online Feedback Form, or by speaking to a staff member.

Access and Inclusion at State Library of Queensland

All entrances and areas in the State Library building at South Bank are wheelchair accessible. Additional facilities include:

  • Signage and wayfinding across South Bank
  • Mobility car parking spaces available
  • Lifts operating from the car park to all levels of the building with spoken voice advising levels within the library and handrails
  • Accessible toilet facilities on each level with signage that includes raised tactile and braille signage
  • Parents room with accessible toilet, and baby change facilities located in Infozone
  • Courtesy wheelchair and walker available on request for visitors with low mobility to access State Library events, exhibitions and resources
  • Wheelchair height reception and information desks
  • Raised tactile and braille signage at entrance of library and on all exterior and interior lifts, Auditorium 1 and 2 and The Edge
  • High desks for wheelchair access desks are located on levels 1-3 and The Edge
  • Hearing augmentation in Auditorium 1
  • Hearing aid induction loop with personal assisted listening devices available in SLQ Auditoriums 1 and 2 and The Edge; devices are worn as an in-ear monitor or as a personal induction loop for those patrons utilising hearing aids
  • Hearing loop signage in the form of the International Symbol for deafness in SLQ Auditoriums 1 and 2 and The Edge Auditorium
  • Portable wheelchair ramps in Auditorium 1 and The Queensland Terrace
  • Wheelchair accessible lift available in Auditorium 2
  • Wheelchair accessible water bubblers on levels 1-4 and The Edge
  • Certified guide, hearing and assistance dogs, wearing their identity card on their coat or harness are welcomed in State Library
  • Visibility in an emergency, exit signs and warning systems throughout the building

State Library offers a range of adaptive technology devices for access and inclusion to use the collections and resources. Please note no bookings are needed to use these resources. They include:

  • Clearview Speech desktop electronic magnifier
  • Compact 7HD portable hand-held electronic magnifier
  • MaggyLamp - table-top magnifier with built-in light, available on level 3 and level 4
  • Canon Visualiser - closed circuit magnifier that enlarges text and images on a screen/monitor, available on level 2
  • Magnifying glasses (hand-held) - request at Information Desks on levels 1-4
  • ZoomText – screen magnification software with speech, available on levels 2-4 with large print keyboards.  Headphones are required when using this equipment. These are not supplied but may be purchased at the Library Shop
  • OpenBook - software that transforms scanned text into speech, available on levels 2-4. Headphones are required when using this equipment. These are not supplied but may be purchased at the Library Shop.

Adaptive technology computers are available on levels 2-4.  These provide access to:

  • ZoomText and OpenBook software
  • State Library’s website and the Internet
  • Catalogue, eBooks, databases and eResources
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Wheel-chair accessible public access computers are available at The Edge (in the Digital Media Lab and Fabrication Lab) and on levels 1-4 of the State Library building at South Bank. 

State Library membership is required for computer access.

Further assistance is available, whether online, by phone or in person, through the Ask Us service.