Indulge your passion for literature at State Library of Queensland.

We hold an extensive literature collection, with a particular focus on winners of major literary prizes. These include works by Australian and Queensland authors. The collection also has poetry, drama, critical reviews, author biographies and children's literature. State Library members can borrow from this collection.

Literature databases

Access quality literature databases with your free State Library membership. These resources include author biographies, literary history, analysis of literary works, electronic picture books for children, and much more.

Australian literature

Trace the development of Australian literature from its beginnings to the present. Our Australian literature collection is significant, in particular 19th century Australian literature. We also collect works by contemporary Australian authors.


Are you looking for a poem or researching a poet? Our literature collection includes collected works, anthologies, poetry magazines, biographies, histories, indexes and encyclopedias. We hold works of the major poets, and collections of Australian poetry from colonial to contemporary times.

Commentary and criticism

State Library of Queensland's collection contains literary criticism, analysis and reviews of international and Australian authors. You can find commentary about literature of all types, from different countries and time periods.