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How to videos

Use our How-to videos to guide you through a range of tasks such as becoming a member, using the catalogue and getting started with some great online resources.

How to become a member

1:39 mins
Access more benefits when you become a State Library member. Membership is free. Access is immediate.

Introduction to One Search (catalogue)

4:17 mins
An introduction to searching collections and millions of online resources.

How to request material from One Search

2:42 Mins

An introduction to requesting material stored in our repositories.

How to access databases

1:29 mins

Find out how to access our research databases.

How to use PressReader

2:18 mins
Discover how to use and access PressReader through your SLQ membership.

Ask Us webinar recordings

The Ask Us webinar series introduces you to different aspects of the information and heritage collections at State Library. Find below recordings from each of our Webinars relating to Information collections, newspapers, heritage collections, and family history resources. 

Recordings will be added as they become available after each live session.  2022 webinar recordings can be found here.

Ask Us webinar series: State Library's Map Collection

27:17 mins

Discover the different types of maps available through State Library, how to search for these in One Search, and how to access physical and digitised maps.

Ask Us webinar series: French Huguenot ancestry

27:41 Mins

Discover the history of Huguenot ancestry, find out some clues to look for in your research and learn about valuable tips and resources for researching Huguenot family history. Follow through a case study that explains some of the things to consider when tracing Huguenot ancestors.

Ask Us webinar series: Resources for writers 

35:05 Mins

Learn about the essential resources State Library has to offer, to inform and inspire writers. Discover materials to guide you in your writing journey, both onsite at State Library and online.

Ask Us webinar series: Early Queensland aviation

43:32 Mins

Investigates the pioneer aviation in Queensland and the efforts of World War One aviators in establishing commercial air services in the interwar period. Learn how to find resources on early Queensland aviation at State Library of Queensland.

Webinar recorded Tuesday 13 June 2023.

Ask Us webinar series: Introduction to Queensland Government Gazettes

26:34 Mins

Learn about an important resource, the Queensland Government Gazette, and how it can be used to uncover valuable family history facts. We look at finding appointments to government positions, finding licensees of hotels and the registration of various professionals, we look at some useful indexes, and give you a Google tip for finding content in contemporary gazettes.

Webinar Recorded Wednesday 24 May 2023. 

Ask Us webinar series: Health resources

24:52 mins

The webinar provides an overview of two health eresources, Gale Health and Wellness and MIMS Online. It aims to equip participants with search skills so they can easily locate reliable health information in either of these eresources.

Webinar recorded Wednesday 19 April 2023.

Ask Us webinar series: Parliamentary papers

34:31 mins

Find valuable information using a source filled with social reports of the day, investigations into wrongdoing, family history stories and the debates on the location of railway lines.  All of this and more can be found in the Parliamentary Papers – a contemporaneous account of Queensland society tabled in the Parliament from 1860 to the present day. 

Webinar recorded Thursday 9 March 2023.

Ask Us webinar series: Understanding pre-1860 church records

28:22 mins

Dig deep into the intricacy of old church records with Senior Research Librarian Stephanie Ryan. Learn about the range of content available, how they differ from the civil records, about their inconsistency, and develop strategies for searching them.

Webinar recorded Wednesday 22 February 2023.


Ask Us webinar series: Introduction to the images collections

23:12 mins

A photo really can be worth a thousand words, transporting the viewer to another place and time and giving us a glimpse into events and people’s lives. Discover images in State Library of Queensland’s vast collections – spanning time, in various formats and covering a vast range of subjects.  

Recording of a live webinar on 17 January 2023.

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