Spaces to visit

Explore our wonderful and diverse spaces on offer.

Our reading rooms

The John Oxley Library, located on level 4, is the premier destination for visitors and researchers to access the materials and collections relating to Queensland’s past history, events, people and places. 

Named for the explorer John Oxley in 1934, the Library supports Queensland’s documentary materials including original manuscripts, diaries, business and station records, artworks, photographs, maps, architectural plans, books, magazines, newspapers, and ephemera.

The collections are acquired through legal deposit, donation and selective purchasing.  Read more about State Library’s Guidelines for the Memory Collections

Visitors to level 4 can view curated collection items from the John Oxley Library displayed in the Treasures Wall space and as part of the current exhibition in Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery.  

Regular opening hours:
Open daily 10am – 5pm
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Find out more about the John Oxley Library

The State Reference Library is located on level 2 and 3.  It offers online and onsite resources in all subjects, with strengths in visual arts, music, history, and family history.  The general information collections complement the heritage component of our collections, with books, magazines, audiovisual, music and eresources. These focus on Australian and international content.

Regular opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday 10am – 8pm
Friday to Sunday 10am – 5pm
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Our spaces

Woman using a laptop in the Business Studio

The Business Studio is a resource to support entrepreneurs and start-ups to make their innovative business ideas a reality.  Discover a range of business resources that will assist in gaining the knowledge to successfully launch and grow your business. 


Located on level 1, kuril dhagun is an initiative designed to inspire audience participation. It has been a nucleus for Queensland's unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures since 2006.

People sitting at The Edge

State Library’s space for creativity, ideas and experimentation.  An exciting mix of workshops, meetups, events and programs. 

Infozone sign

A busy and vibrant space, the Infozone is home to The Corner, kuril dhagun, the carers room, computer access and places to relax, its worth a visit.  

Little girl playing

The Corner is a space for children under 8 years. With the support of their parents and families, children can explore and engage in the creative hands-on and minds-on experiences. 

Asia pacific design library sign

Indulge your passion for interior design, explore a love of fashion or pursue an interest in architecture, the Asia Pacific Design Library has it all! This is a space for inspiration and imagination.

Book spaces and equipment

Find out about equipment for hire and study rooms to suit both individuals and groups.

Exhibition spaces

Enjoy the experience of our diverse exhibition spaces, from our major gallery to intimate spaces. With three purpose built spaces there is something for everyone.

Australian Library of Art

The Australian Library of Art documents the fine arts in Australia including the arts and crafts of the book. 



Fiona Foley's visually seductive work, commissioned as part of State Library's 2016 redevelopment, leads visitors on a journey through Library spaces and through a little known part of the state's history. Her work is layered with meaning, revealing a time when Aboriginal people were often paid for their labours with opium, robbing them of their health, and in some cases, their lives.

Old book on display

A permanent display on level 5 of State Library illustrates how collections are cared for by our Preservation Services staff.  Discover how to care for and preserve your own collections at home or work.

Queensland Writers Centre

Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) supports the practise, development, and recognition of writers and a vibrant culture of writing, reading and creating.

Located on level 2, QWC is open from 10am-4pm, Monday to Thursday.

Contact QWC to find out more about membership, programs and services including weekend workshops, special events and Writing Friday.