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Internal view of the John Oxely Library.
COVID-19 update: our spaces and services are gradually reopening over the coming weeks.
Please check the Opening Hours page for details.
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The John Oxley Library is located on level 4 and contains collections unique to Queensland. It is a place for research using original materials such as diaries, manuscripts, artworks and maps. It is also a quiet study space.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
Named for the explorer, John Oxley in 1934, the John Oxley Library documents the history of life in Queensland and includes:
The collections are acquired through legal deposit, donation and selective purchasing. Read more about State Library’s Guidelines for the Memory Collections.
To preserve the heritage of our state, John Oxley Library collections on level 4 are not for loan. Visitors can access the physical and online collections in the Library. State Library members are welcome to request items using our One Search catalogue.
In the Heritage Collections area you are not allowed to bring in:
This is to protect the safety of our valuable collections.
There is also a quiet study space in the John Oxley Library with views over the Brisbane River. You can have water bottles and bags in this area.
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