Food and drink at State Library

While options for obtaining and consuming food and drink within the library itself are limited, you can visit the Library Café for lunch, drinks and snacks.

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?

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 Café

Why not visit our friendly team in the Library Café where you can select from a range of coffee, tea, drinks, sandwiches and snacks?

The Library Cafe is also licensed to serve alcohol with food, so you can relax and have a drink with a selection of wine, beers and other alcoholic beverages.