What's on

Explore the latest online events, exhibitions, workshops and talks

An aged care nurse with elderly woman

In this special Grattan Institute/State Library of Queensland State of Affairs webinar event, our panel of experts will discuss the rights of vulnerable older Australians, from the perspectives of older people, regulators, and service providers. 

Inductees assembling the hand tools kit during the general induction

Never used the tools in the Fabrication Lab before?  That's okay. State Library runs a weekly Fabrication Lab general induction. These inductions provide you with all the skills and knowledge to safely and efficiently use the tools.

Illustrated image of Cinderella with a castle and a dragon in the background

Join the free Summer Reading Club and let fairy tales, myths and legends light up your child’s imagination this summer.

Online Workshops

COVID19, self-isolation and delivering programs to remote communities has made us better than we ever were at developing online programming, especially ones that involve hands-on elements!

Come and make an Everyday Carry EDC bag out of durable recycled vinyl banners

Over three sessions, come and make an everyday carry bag with our amazing trainer Jimmy Eng. There'll even be the opportunity to customise the design to meet your very specific needs. 

A busy evening in the Clean Lab during the Hack the Evening meetup

Hack the Evening is a meetup for those that want to get in and apply their skills to new and crazy projects which require a little bit of technical skill and pizazz.

Close up of Birds of tin poster

Join us for a chat over the airwaves celebrating the exhibition Cut Copy: Brisbane music posters 1977-1987. Hosted by 4ZZZ, hear from local musicians, broadcast live from State Library.

Woman looking at posters in the Cut Copy exhibition

Join the curators of Cut Copy: Brisbane Music Posters 1977-1987 for an onsite tour of the exhibition. See the curators reveal the DIY design ethos of the era and discover the stories behind the posters and handbills, and the bands and venues that inspired them.

Snow globe

Make your own animated winter world in a jar. In this workshop series we’ll be using the laser cutter and electronics to make unique holiday snow globes.

Close up portrait of a camel musterer in the outback

Remember, see and feel the last 20 years through Twenty – an online exhibition of State Library of Queensland’s contemporary photography collection​s.

Zach Weir mustering cattle Davenport Downs Station 22 March 2020

Witness the fascinating 80Hz Sound Lab as images taken from the State Library's collection are transformed and digitally translated into musical compositions using metadata.

The Corner

We are excited to welcome our families back to The Corner. We've missed you! Come and join us for Play Time, Baby Play and Rhyme Time.

Summer Holiday Fun Program

Bring the kids and join the fun at State Library this summer. We’ve got free activities the whole family can enjoy, from family movie screenings to stories, songs and hands-on crafts. 

Facilitator and participants sitting around a table engaging in workshop activity

Are you 16-25 years old? Are you a budding inventor or crafty creator? Maybe you are just curious about this kind of technology. 

Cat lying down

In this series of three workshops you’ll design, cut and assemble a modular cat tree ready in time for the holidays.

Women in the Cut Copy exhibition

On 19 January, hear from John as he interviews Gary Warner on his memories and his work featured in the exhibition.

Culture Quest Online

Looking for a fun activity to keep the children occupied? Join us for a culture quest online and help keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages alive.

Women workers on the production line at Peters Arctic Delicacy Company factory West End Brisbane

Join Tricia King, the 2019 Place Making Fellow, as she shares her research and developments from her project.

Posters inside the Cut Copy exhibition

On 16 February, hear from John as he interviews Kitty van Vuuren on her memories and her work featured in the exhibition.

Posters inside the Cut Copy exhibition

On 16 March, hear from John as he interviews Andy Nehl on his memories and his work featured in the exhibition.

People inside the Cut Copy exhibition

On 8 December, hear from John as he interviews Peter Loveday on his memories and his work featured in the exhibition.

Big Voices

Showcasing beautiful and thought-provoking artwork by children from Queensland, Vietnam and China, Big Voices takes you on a  journey into these young artist's worlds, to see how they view themselves, their lives, their rights and their future.

Inside the Cut Copy exhibition

What was your first Brisbane gig? Remember the music, the locations, the attitude and the style through State Library's extensive music poster and handbill collections.

Dangerous Women visual identity text and pink feathers

In the first of its kind, Dangerous Women delves into the lives of Queensland risk takers and rule breakers unperturbed by stereotypes and unfunctional footwear.

Kindergo

Created by big kids for little kids, Kindergo is a free reading app that empowers children aged 2-7 to read by themselves.