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A group of men attending a cocktail party on the Queensland Terrace at State Library

Venue hire

State Library of Queensland's beautiful contemporary design, gallery spaces and striking indoor and outdoor venues are perfect for creating special events and memorable meetings. State Library sets the scene for unique, versatile and state-of-the-art venues that can cater for a vast range of events for up to 300 guests.

With leading-edge audio visual systems, full in-house technical support and an experienced event team onsite, we provide the support to ensure your event is a success and, most importantly, one to remember.


The Queensland Terrace set for a banquet

Queensland Terrace

The Queensland Terrace is the epitome of elegance. This versatile function space features exquisite six-metre mirrored ceilings, Chillagoe marble floors and a remarkable collection of vintage tea cups. Taking advantage of Queensland’s climate, the unique open-air design brings the outside in, with views of the city and the surrounding flora while still providing protection against the elements. The Terrace can be styled to suit your personal taste and make your celebration truly memorable.

This architecturally celebrated venue offers a unique and remarkable setting for your event.

Total Floor Area: 318m2  |  view floorplan >

Capacity: 300 cocktail | 130 banquet | 150 theatre or wedding ceremony

Function: cocktail receptions, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, presentations, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions

River deck overlooking the city skyline at night

River Decks

Suspended over the banks of the Brisbane River, the stunning spotted gum timber decks offer a backdrop of uninterrupted city and river views, and an intimate venue for your event celebrations.

The larger, partially covered deck links to a smaller deck canopied by a sprawling poinciana tree, offering a magical space to celebrate any occasion.

Total Floor Area: main deck 76m2; boardwalk and small deck 91m2  |  view floorplan >

Capacity: 80 cocktail | 50 banquet | 60 wedding ceremony
Capacity can be extended by utilising the entire deck space.

Function: cocktail parties, dinners, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions


The Parlour Terrace overlooking Brisbane River

Parlour Terrace

This special outdoor space offers a backdrop of panoramic city and river views, giving your event that ‘wow’ factor that guests will be sure to enjoy. The evening scene is particularly stunning as you watch Brisbane transform from day to night, with the city lights on full display and views to both the Kurilpa and Victoria bridges.

Total Floor Area: 110m2  |  view floorplan >

Capacity: 100 cocktail | 50 banquet | 60 wedding ceremony

Function: cocktail parties, dinners, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions

The Poinciana Lounge set for a banquet

Poinciana Lounge

Nestled amongst State Library’s collections, the Poinciana Lounge is an elegant space for your cocktail reception, dinner or wedding reception with outstanding views of the Brisbane River and city skyline. Featuring soaring ceilings, windows spanning two floors, and a grand piano, the Poinciana Lounge offers a timeless venue for your celebration.

This venue is only available for bookings outside of library hours.

Total Floor Area: 137m2  |  view floorplan >

Capacity: 150 cocktail |100 banquet

Function: cocktail receptions, dinners, wedding receptions


Red Box

The captivating Red Box is a particularly unique venue. The space is encased in floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the impression of being suspended over the Brisbane River. Providing an absolutely stunning location set against the dramatic city skyline at night, the Red Box is a hidden treasure and the perfect space for intimate, high-impact events. 

Tiered wooden seating leads down to the Red Box, ideal for guest seating at your ceremony, presentation or performance.

Total Floor Area: 50m2  |  view floorplan >

Capacity: 60 cocktail | 48 banquet | 40 wedding ceremony or performance

Function: cocktail parties, breakfasts, dinners, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, small live performances


The John Oxley Library Reading Room set for a banquet

John Oxley Library Reading Room

The John Oxley Library Reading Room contains unique Queensland resources and collections along with our Business Leaders Hall of Fame. Commanding views across the Brisbane River to the city, this lovely space is furnished with Tasmanian oak tables, reading lamps and an elegant lounge, and the reading room provides a stunning and traditional library atmosphere to add that extra level of sophistication to your event.

This venue is only available for bookings outside of library hours.

Capacity: 150 cocktail | 120 banquet  | view floorplan >

Function: cocktail receptions, dinners


The Knowledge Walk set for an evening banquet

Knowledge Walk

The heart of the State Library, the Knowledge Walk is our 5-story atrium showcasing the award‑winning architectural design of the building, including the floating balcony. 

Using the design of the space with creative lighting and projection will bring this very special venue to life for your event.

Total Floor Area: 604m2 | view floorplan >

Capacity: 350 cocktail | 250 banquet

Function: cocktail receptions, dinners, award events


The Maiwar green set with tables and umbrellas

Maiwar Green

Nestled between the State Library and the Gallery of Modern Art, Maiwar Green is a delightful lawned area overlooking the Brisbane River and the city. The lower section of this space has an undulating amphitheatre down to the river, which provides a stunning performance and presentation space. The upper section is a level grassed area that allows your event to harmonise with the natural beauty of the venue.

Capacity: 500 cocktail | 350 banquet | view floorplan >

Function: corporate cocktail receptions and dinners, movie screenings, picnics and special events
* Please note that Maiwar Green events are subject to application approval and that the venue is not available for wedding hire.


Moonlight cinema on the River Plaza deck

River Plaza

The River Plaza is our Edge rooftop space between State Library and the Queensland Art Gallery forecourt. This area has spectacular views of the Brisbane River and city and features the Anthony Pryor sculpture Approaching Equilibrium, which is sure to wow your guests. This space is perfect for your next outdoor presentation or special event.

* Please note that River Plaza events are subject to application approval and that the venue is not available for wedding hire.

Total Floor Area: 357m2 | view floorplan >

Capacity: 300 cocktail | 200 banquet | 200 theatre

Function: cocktail receptions, dinners, open air cinema and special events


Talking Circle at State Library

Talking Circle

The Talking Circle forms part of kuril dhagun, which is State Library's Indigenous Knowledge Centre and with State Library being situated on Kurilpa Point, this space has a significant cultural history.
The area consists of a large outdoor zone with foliage, timber deck and sandstone paving complemented by city and river views. The venue also features an oval fire-pit, which can be used for presentations or storytelling.

The Talking Circle does not permit alcohol within the venue.

Area: 100m2 | view floorplan >

Capacity:  100 standing | 40 fire circle

Function:  events, presentations, storytelling and other special events


River Lounge and Edge Foyer

River Lounge and Edge Foyer

Extending along the length of The Edge building, with floor-to-ceiling windows, The River Lounge and Foyer is ideal for your next networking function or launch event.

This unique option can only be booked outside of opening hours or in conjunction with another venue hire; for example, as a registration area for a function in the Edge Auditorium. Please ask about how this space could work for your next event.

Area: 225m2 | view floorplan >

Capacity: 250 cocktail

Functions:  cocktail receptions, event catering, trade displays


Venue capacities and specifications at a glance


Start the next chapter of your life together at the home of Queensland’s greatest stories. Choose one of State Library of Queensland’s exquisite venues to tell your love story and celebrate your special day.

Set in the cultural heart of Brisbane in South Bank with breathtaking views of the city skyline and river, State Library offers a uniquely Queensland atmosphere that seamlessly brings the outdoors in. Our award-winning building houses a rich history that has inspired the lives of Queenslanders for close to 120 years. Let our story become a part of yours to make your wedding day unforgettable.