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Woman reading at the State Library. Photo by Jeff Camden.

Food and drink at State Library

Where can I eat and drink?

There are lots of signed food-friendly spaces around the Library where you can enjoy a snack.

  • Level 1, no restrictions.
  • Level 2, 3 and 4: outside areas.
  • You can bring your bottled water inside the library.
  • Water fountains are also located on Levels 2, 3 and 4.

Where can my group break for lunch?

There are a number of undercover areas large enough for group meals on the Level 1 River Decks, and the Talking Circle outside of kuril dhagun. The grassy areas on the Maiwar Green, between GOMA and State Library, are also good places to eat lunch. 

Where can I leave my food and drink while I am visiting State Library?

State Library provides visitors with a cloakroom facility on Level 1 where you can securely deposit your personal belongings.

Why are there food and drink restrictions at State Library?

State Library is a leading collector of Queensland’s heritage and we are committed to preserving our collections for use now and in the future.

Insects and pests are attracted to food and drink. By limiting food and drink in certain areas of the building, we can reduce the risk of insect damage.

The most common enemies of paper and photographic items are cockroaches, silverfish and cigarette beetles (often called book worm).

Library Cafe

Why not grab a bite while you're here? Using the freshest ingredients, The Library Cafe brings a unique cutting edge in flavours and style to its menus while promoting a combination of seasonal local and Australian produce.