Information Collections

The Information Collections consist of resources in all subject areas. This page provides easy access to resources in specific subject areas (such as literature and music), as well as to eresources in every subject area and to newspaper resources in all formats. Development of the Information Collections is based on use and is responsive to changing information needs. Access to Information Collections is available through One Search and State Library staff are available online and onsite to help you find what you need.  

Old manuscript

The literature collection contains literary prize winners from Queensland, Australia and the world, literary criticism, poetry, drama and children's books. Literature databases are also accessible by library members.

Client perusing music book at the State Library of Queensland Photo by Emma Winch

The music collection comprises books, magazines, scores, sheet music, song albums and sound recordings. We also provide access to several music databases that include reference material, scores, audio and video content.

Law books


For research related to law, you can find books, legislation, databases, legal and government publications and recommended websites.


As a member of State Library you can access a wide range of eresources from home including: databases, online journals, newspapers, magazines, websites, online training courses, company information, legislation, music scores and recordings, and encyclopedias. 


State Library's newspaper collections include paper, microfilm and online editions of Queensland, interstate, national and overseas newspapers, both past and present. In many instances our collections go back to the first issue of the newspaper.