Celebrating the first 120 years Your story is our story

Back to the future

Our story begins with an energetic bearded chap, £500 and 4,000 books. Add a sprinkling of intrigue (we are looking at you Miss Maude) and adventure. Throw in some snarly comments from an American librarian and a princess in a spotty dress and you’ve got the beginnings of a cracking tale about State Library of Queensland. So, hop into a carriage and let’s get this party started...
 

Extra Ordinary Day at State Library

Saturday 18 June
A day of celebration with behind-the-scenes tours, family history talks, family fun and more.

120 Blog posts

We’ve reached Part 3 in our series of mystery photographs identified by our tenacious social…

In this blog – Part One and Part Two, we feature the 1970 tour of…

In this blog – Part One the Inland Tour and Part Two the Coastal Tour,…

Dear Reader, Not all stories have fairy-tale endings, or beginnings for that matter. But they…

State Library of Queensland congratulates Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, England’s longest serving British monarch…

One of my favourite parts of State Library's Entwined: Plants and People exhibition was the…

What do watermelon skiing, the Min Min lights and a ghost named Mrs Perkins have…

In 1980, International trade and Public Relations consultant Ron Gale and his wife Ngaire left…

Meet our new Siganto Digital Learning Facilitator, Yordanos Abreham! Yordanos took part in the digital…

Timeline of significant events

State Library has proudly provided library services to the people of Queensland for more than 120 years.

Stories behind the billboard

With State Library’s 120th anniversary and Queensland to a T in mind, the billboard design was built upon images of layers of tea towels full of colour, illustrations, and text – a reflection of the rich and multilayered nature of Queensland stories and the library collections amassed to represent them. The tea towels are also a fun way to invite people to engage with nostalgia as they walk alongside the billboard, sparking the desire for a longer trip down memory lane by visiting the exhibition.
 

Celebrating 20 years of Indigenous Knowledge Centres

IKCs are library services specifically delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils across Queensland. This year we will celebrate each IKC, with particular emphasis on the seven IKCs celebrating 20 years of operation and service delivery.
 

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