Museum & Gallery Services Queensland

State Library of Queensland

Did you know...
Did you know that the revamped State Library of Queensland building featuring exhibition galleries and spaces was opened in late 2006? In 2007 the State Library was named Australia’s best public building by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

Picture Queensland

State Library’s photographic collection in Picture Queensland includes images digitised from the photographic collections of the State Library of Queensland's John Oxley Library and Queensland cultural institutions. Picture Queensland was launched initially in 2003 and continues to grow as digitised images are added to the collection.

The photographs in Picture Queensland depict various aspects of Queensland life including the settlement of early pioneers, the prominent people who have shaped our history, the built environment and the fashions we have worn through the years.

The collection benefits Queensland students, researchers and lifelong learners, publishers and authors, genealogists and enthusiasts of all ages who have an interest in, or need to research, any aspect of Queensland's history or development.

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Left: Anne-Maree Hunter, Tower of Babel, 2006, Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland ALAAB HUN.
Image courtesy State Library of Queensland

Did you know...
Did you know that the State Library of Queensland holds Australia's largest publicly available collection of artists' books – artworks that use the form or the concept of a book?

Panoramic Queensland

Panoramic Queensland: an exhibition presenting a wider view of Queensland’s 150-year history.
Until Sunday 12 July
Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, Level 4, SLQ
The exhibition features a unique selection of panoramic photographs from the John Oxley Library. It is a memorable selection of landscapes and townscapes which represents the state’s changing face through its events, people and culture – from the granting of Statehood through to World Expo ‘88. The exhibition reveals the minutiae of daily Edwardian life through fashions and advertising hoardings, the trauma and devastation of the 1893 floods, before and after shots of the World Expo site and the spectacular laying of the foundation stone of the Holy Name Cathedral, a church which had it been built would have been the largest in the southern hemisphere.

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Left: Former State Library of Queensland building in William Street Brisbane, Picture Queensland, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
Image courtesy State Library of Queensland

Did you know...
Did you know that the State Library’s John Oxley Library is the state’s collector of Queensland documentary heritage and culture, and holds more than 250,000 books and journals, one million photographs and 6,000 manuscripts? The State Library of Queensland's collection has a strong focus on Queensland's history, development and cultural life. The Collection preserves the distinctive voice of Queensland that describes how Queensland was, is, and will be - from extraordinary events and outstanding people to the stories of everyday life.

Game On international touring exhibition (17 Nov 2008 – 15 Feb 2009), slq Gallery, SLQ.

This exhibition, curated by the Barbican Art Centre in London, explored the history of video games and was the most popular exhibition presented at the State Library.

This was the first ticketed international touring exhibition presented at the State Library to be a key event within Brisbane Marketing’s major promotional campaigns and packaged for the tourism market. It was successful in attracting more than 47,500 people from intrastate, interstate and some international.

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Left: Visitors at the Game On exhibition, slq Gallery, State Library of Queensland 2009.
Image courtesy State Library of Queensland

Contact Details

State Library of Queensland
Address: Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank Qld
Phone: 07 3840 7666