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Discover the rooms and resources available on each level of State Library.

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Level 1

Food and drinks are allowed on level 1.

  1. kuril dhagun: A welcoming and respectful place for First Nations communities to meet, gather, and celebrate. Enter through the Infozone or Talking Circle.
  2. The River Decks: Enjoy a spectacular view of the Brisbane River. Bring your lunch, have a coffee, or put your feet up with a good book.
  3. Infozone: Free access to computers, printing facilities, WI-Fi, and charging stations. The carer's room is located in the Infozone.
  4. The Parlour: A space for families to play games, read, and relax.
  5. The Corner: A creative space for children under 8 and their families with programmed activities. Enter through the Infozone.
  6. The Library Cafe: Select from a range of coffee, tea, drinks, sandwiches, hot food and snacks.
  7. The Library Shop: Discover books and unique gifts for all ages. Specialising in all things Queensland.
  8. The Knowledge Walk: Covered, open-air plaza with access to free Wi-Fi.
  9. Welcome Desk: Find out about State Library membership, use the cloakroom, and find out just about anything from our friendly team.
  10. Business Studio: The Business Studio Online Hub features a wide range of online material, checklists, and government toolkits that can help you develop and grow your business from concept to reality.
  11. Level 1 meeting and training rooms
  12. Loris Williams Room: An intimate space for family or community meetings, workshops, or seminars. Part of kuril dhagun.
  13. Talking Circle: An outdoor seating area surrounding a fire pit that looks across the Brisbane River. Part of kuril dhagun.
State Library level 1

Level 2

  1. Information collections: Find a quiet space for research; use a computer; print, copy or scan; browse collections including computing, law, psychology, gardening, cooking, health and more. Use film viewing facilities.
  2. The Red Box: This architectural centerpiece links levels 2 and 3, providing distinctive river and city views from a glassed-in deck. It's versatile for performances, weddings, and studying. Available for hire.
  3. Poinciana Lounge: A spectacular open space overlooking the Brisbane River. Available for hire.
  4. Level 2 meeting rooms: Four community meeting rooms overlooking the Brisbane River, available to book for free with membership.
  5. Asia Pacific Design Library: Relax, browse and be inspired by the best design books and magazines.
  6. slq Auditorium 2: A popular space for talks, small conferences, film screenings, and workshops. Available for hire.
  7. Queensland Terrace: See why it is one of Brisbane's most sought-after venues for weddings and special events. View the display of tea cups and stories from the Tea & Me project. Available for hire.
  8. slq Auditorium 1: State Library's largest meeting space, home to many talks and events. Available for hire.
  9. slq Gallery: Home to major exhibitions at State Library.
  10. Queensland Writers Centre: Helps writers at all stages of their writing journey develop their skills, connect with readers, and establish a career.
State Library level 2

Level 3

  1. Information and family history service: Ask a librarian, access computers and printing services, find a quiet space, and browse collections including art, literature, sport, history, and geography. Utilise film viewing facilities and seek assistance with family history research. Facilities are available for those with vision impairment.
  2. The Red Box: This architectural centerpiece links levels 2 and 3, providing distinctive river and city views from a glassed-in deck. It's versatile for performances, weddings, and studying. Available for hire.
  3. Microfilm collections
  4. Level 3 meeting rooms: Five community meeting rooms overlooking the Brisbane River are available to book for free with membership.
  5. Tim Fairfax Reading Room: Relax and read the latest regional, national and international newspapers or watch ABC News24.
  6. Music collection: Browse and borrow from our sheet music and music scores collections. 
  7. slq Auditorium 1: State Library's largest meeting space, home to many talks and events. Available for hire. Enter via level 2.
  8. Music practice roomBook to use a Kawai electronic piano for free with membership.
State Library level 3

Level 4

  1. Silent study area: Find a silent space to focus and work without distractions. Not suitable for group study.
  2. John Oxley Library: Consists of unique Queensland resources including diaries, manuscripts, artworks, photographs, original maps and plans and oral histories.
  3. Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame: Located within the John Oxley Library, this display recognises those who have made a significant contribution to Queensland through their business achievements — an initiative of the QUT Business School and State Library.
  4. The Talbot Family Treasures Wall: A changing display showcasing a selection of State Library's unique and rare items.
  5. Level 4 meeting rooms: Four community meeting rooms overlooking the Brisbane River, available to book for free with membership.
  6. White Gloves Room: A space to view and undertake specialised research on some of the treasures held in State Library's Heritage Collections. To make an appointment, please call 3840 7880.
  7. Australian Library of Art showcase: Supported by the Siganto Foundation, the showcase features highlights from the Australian Library of Art.
  8. Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery: Sponsored by nationally recognised commercial art dealer Philip Bacon, the space showcases State Library's Heritage Collections through temporary exhibitions.
  9. Heritage Collections Learning Room: A space for groups to explore State Library's Heritage Collections in workshops, talks and meetings. Available for hire.
  10. Black Opium: the special rooms are part of an artwork exploring history, memory and politics by Brisbane-based artist, Fiona Foley.
State Library level 4

Level 5

  1. Preservation wall: Learn how we care for the State Library collections with this walk-by insight into Preservation Services.
  2. slq Boardroom: A meeting room with a large timber table, an abundance of natural light and an adjoining large timber deck with spectacular views over the city skyline and Brisbane River. Available for hire.
State Library level 5

The Edge

Food and drinks are allowed everywhere except in the Innovation Lab and Digital Media Lab. 

  1. The Edge Auditorium: A multi-function open plan venue with sprung wooden flooring, lighting rig, large projector and screen. The space is regularly used for talks, conferences, performances and exhibitions. Available for hire.
  2. Window Bays: With floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping city views, the window bays comfortably seat up to 4 people per bay. Suited for meetings, study groups or small presentations and workshops. Available to book for free with membership.
  3. Digital Media Lab: Outfitted with industry-standard software for design, 3D modeling, web development, and video editing, as well as a range of audio equipment. Available to book for free with membership.
  4. Innovation Lab: A flexible working space where our Fabrication Lab is currently located. It is ideal for projects and workshops that involve building, making, hacking and engineering. The space is regularly programmed for workshops and Open Lab.
  5. Recording Studio: A compact sound recording studio including near-professional equipment and specialist software. Recording time can be booked online after completing the Recording Studio Induction.
  6. The Brink: Grab a coffee and snack to help get the creative juices flowing. 
  7. Reception: located just inside the main entrance on Level 1. Staff can show you around the building and assist you with bookings and enquiries.
  8. Mezzanine 
Map of The Edge
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More information

  • Information: Our friendly staff are here to help. Visit the Welcome Desk on level 1.
  • Wi-Fi: Available from 7am to 8pm, 7 days per week, including the Knowledge Walk.
  • Cloakroom: Drop off your large items at the Welcome Desk on level 1.
  • Access and inclusion: We are family friendly with space for prams, baby-changing and feeding. We have disability access, parking, facilities and adaptive technologies to access our collections.
  • First aid: If you need help, visit the Welcome Desk or an information desk on levels 1, 3 and 4.

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