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...
 

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If you grew up in Brisbane and came of age in the early 1990s, cast…

At 4am on 7 November 1982, the Deen Brothers undertook what has arguably become the…

UNESCO’s Memory of the World program, begun in 1992, aims to preserve and promote humanity’s…

In our research for the exhibition Entwined: Plants and People , curator Joan Bruce and…

If you turned on the radio in 1962 you’d probably hear Elvis Presley singing Good…

On 23 April 1983, an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people came together at the Picnic…

It’s always surprising digging through State Library's collections. Sometimes, however, the things you can discover…

Three of Ash Barty's iconic Grand Slam outfits are now part of the collection at…

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

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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