Since 1934 the John Oxley Library has collected, preserved and shared Queensland's collective memory. State Library is committed to collaboration across communities and collects materials that reflect and document the state's diversity and cultural heritage. 

Through these unique collections State Library encourages public engagement to develop a deeper understanding of the state's history and influences.


Explore unique collections and significant treasures relating to Queensland, each one helping to document the state's heritage and contemporary influences.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Collections

Explore the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through photographs, manuscripts and digital stories held in collections. 

Many Voices

We are committed to collecting the stories that reflect the culturally and linguistically diverse communities of Queensland. Explore a selection reflecting this range of experiences.

Living Queensland

With diverse environments and lifestyles, Queensland has more than its fair share of contrasts. Explore various collections reflecting Queensland’s landscape, culture and lifestyle.

Political Persuasions

Politics in Queensland is topical and sometimes controversial. Explore the collections that reflect the contemporary influences on Queensland and its politics.

Century of Service

Explore identified collections, resources and stories showcasing the Queensland experience and contribution to wartime over a century of service.

Built heritage

Original plans, drawings, manuscripts, digital stories and collections relating to significant Queensland-based architects and architectural practice dating from the 1880s to contemporary times.  

Fellowships, awards and residencies

State Library of Queensland acknowledges the valuable contribution by researchers and organisations to investigate; interpret and preserve Queensland’s memory - past and present.

For publishers and authors

Publishers and authors of Queensland content can access information about legal deposit, depositing electronic publications, and archiving web blogs and sites linked to Queensland.

Donating to the collection

State Library of Queensland appreciates its generous donors, businesses and organisations who contribute Queensland content. If you have an item or collection of items which you would like to see permanently located in the John Oxley Library collection, there are a few simple steps to follow.


Two men looking at collection items in the State Library.

How to contribute

Queensland's cultural heritage, knowledge and documented history is held in public libraries, Indigenous Knowledge Centres, historical societies, community museums, regional galleries, schools, universities, community spaces, private collections and businesses across Queensland. State Library invites you to be involved and engage with our content.


Man viewing collection items at the State Library.

John Oxley Library Blog

Read popular articles published about Queensland people, places and events.

Wish you were here

Experience parts of South East Queensland at the turn of the 20th century - a visual representation of vintage postcards digitised for your enjoyment from the Intelligence and Tourist Bureau collection of the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Mystery filmmaker identified

On occasion the original creator of State Library of Queensland’s extensive collection is unknown. The provenance of this set of 16mm films was identified leading to new knowledge about Townsville in the 50s and 60s.

Greek weddings in Queensland

In State Library of Queensland’s latest exhibition Meet me at the Paragon co-curator Toni Risson highlights the success and determination of Greek migrant families in Queensland. In this blog story Toni focuses on the real evidence as demonstrated in wedding photographs in the collection.