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State Library of Queensland plays a lead role in serving all Queenslanders, through state-wide library services and partnerships with over 340 public libraries, including 22 Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs).


Founded in 1896, we have become a bold and adventurous 21st century library driven by a commitment to access for all.

SLQ belongs to the people of Queensland. It is an inclusive and welcoming place for all, a trusted source for information, and a place for intellectual freedom, a cornerstone of democracy and custodian of Queensland’s memory.

SLQ is a ‘knowledge bank’ and vital community resource, as much a physical as well as a virtual place for sharing, learning, collaborating, and creation. As a community hub for democracy in action, here everyone is encouraged to have a voice.

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A night in the JOL: the Queensland homefront, 1914–1918

22nd April

Much is known and celebrated about the exploits of Australian soldiers during the Great War. Far less is understood of the society they left behind and...

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Screen and Sound

24th April

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26th April

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Screen and Sound

3rd May

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SLiQ flicks: Sunday free films - May

4th May

Every Sunday from 2pm watch a free film, as part of State Library of Queensland’s SLiQ flicks: Sunday free films program. In May, SLiQ flicks takes a look...

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SLiQ flicks: Sunday free films - May

4th May

Every Sunday from 2pm watch a free film, as part of State Library of Queensland’s SLiQ flicks: Sunday free films program. In May, SLiQ flicks takes a look...

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Red Thread Stories — Playback Theatre

9th May

Playback Theatre is unique improvisational theatre where moments and stories from people's lives are re-enacted or ‘played back’ spontaneously by a troupe...

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Red Thread Stories — Playback Theatre

9th May

Playback Theatre is unique improvisational theatre where moments and stories from people's lives are re-enacted or ‘played back’ spontaneously by a troupe...

$17

Screen and Sound

10th May

Want to be able to document your projects through a range of mediums? Let us show you how. This six week course gives you the skills to work with audio,...

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Screen and Sound

13th May

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Screen and Sound

17th May

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Bits and Bots

20th May

Want to be well prepared when our robot overlords take power? Come and build NodeBots with us. This six week course is for beginners and enthusiasts...

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A night in the JOL: first person

20th May

A night in the JOL is a free, monthly series delving into Queensland’s rich and diverse history. This May at State Library of Queensland, join Ian...

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A night in the JOL: first person

20th May

A night in the JOL is a free, monthly series delving into Queensland’s rich and diverse history. This May at State Library of Queensland, join Ian...

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Our Dreaming: animating country

14th December

Enjoy State Library of Queensland's 'Our Dreaming: animating country' – connecting people to place through animation and storytelling. Through...

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Screen and Sound

15th April

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Fashion and Science

6th April

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Fashion and Science

30th March

Want to know how a microscope can help you design your next garment? You’ve come to the right place. This six week course will blend skills in...

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Fashion and Science

25th March

Want to know how a microscope can help you design your next garment? You’ve come to the right place. This six week course will blend skills in...

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Fashion and Science

20th March

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Game Changers 2014 – Trent Davis

19th March

The Game Changers series 2014 is back at State Library of Queensland. Facilitated by Ray Weekes, Chair of The CEO Institute, Game Changers brings...

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A night in the JOL: music and libraries

11th March

Historical archives can provide a rich source of material for musical endeavours. Musicians can mine old letters, diaries, newspapers and manuscripts to...

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Fashion and Science

11th March

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Colombia Sounds Like This

6th March

Explore the world of contemporary Latin music with a concert, talk and workshop by two of Colombia’s hottest music exports. Colombia Sounds Like This...

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4Senses

15th November

Experience live music like you never have before.4Senses is a multi-sensory live gig, making music accessible to everyone, including people who are deaf...

$30

Hickory Dickory Rock

21st May

Get ready as Tim Jackman hickory dickory rocks The Corner! Join him for an all singing, all dancing, wild Woodstock-like ride of nursery rhymes in The...

Free

Live! Sunday Sessions

19th May

Drop by on Sundays for FREE performances showcasing local bands. From rock bands to concert bands and everything in between, it’s the perfect way to wind...

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The Corner: The Great Australian Outback

27th June

The Corner is a creative play space for under 8s, their family, friends and carers. The Great Australian Backyard theme is currently on, with loads of fun...

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Some Just Trip

13th July

Conspiratorial cultural excess. Just like that... spontaneous reactions, chimerical outbursts passing through the haze of a road trip bent on disturbance,...

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Golden Days: Mini Festival

13th July

At State Library of Queensland, we are celebrating music’s ‘Golden Days’, as part of our Live! Second Saturday: mini-festival - and all are welcome....

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Showcase Story Lab

6th July

Join us to celebrate the creative products of all the Story Lab workshops in the Story Lab Showcase. All the sounds and sights of Story Lab will be on...

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Story Lab: Writing workshop

4th July

$68

Writing Workshop

4th July

In this hands-on workshop with children’s author Tristan Bancks, discover how free writing, photography, trans-media brainstorming and visualisation can...

$68

Filmmaking Workshop

2nd July

Aspiring filmmakers, take a seat in the director's chair as you write, shoot and edit a short film in this hands-on workshop. Use music as a starting...

$68

Story Lab: Sound FX workshop

1st July

$68

Sound FX Workshop

28th June

Got some extra rubber gloves and carrots lying around? A penchant for spicing up silent films? You may just be a Foley artist! Foley techniques (or Sound...

$68

The Mouldy Lovers

8th June

Rocketing from West End onto the Australian music scene, The Mouldy Lovers are quickly becoming known for a unique brand of wild, energy-driven live...

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Miles Franklin on the Road

5th June

The Trust Company, as Trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, has announced it is taking Miles On the Road in 2013; hosting a series of events...

$10

Lore School - Anywhere Theatre Festival 2013

18th May

ImproMafia presents Lore School Literary legends abound in the State Library in May. Brisbane's premiere improvised comedy company will bring your...

$15

Tales & Songs of Brissie Life - Anywhere Theatre Festival 2013

16th May

Queensland's own musical comedienne Jenny Wynter hosts this one-off series of intimate cabaret performances in the State Library of Queensland's Red Box,...

$22

Aria Moderna - Anywhere Theatre Festival 2013

17th May

Belladiva presents... ARIA MODERNA In the hands and voices of Belladiva, the operatic aria is revised, refreshed, renewed and revamped. The traditional...

$18

Lore School - Anywhere Theatre Festival 2013

12th May

ImproMafia presents Lore School Literary legends abound in the State Library in May. Brisbane's premiere improvised comedy company will bring your...

$15

Moon - Anywhere Theatre Festival 2013

9th May

MOON an epic song of love Diana the lonely moon cries tears of pearls which cascade into the ocean. She asks if there isn't someone to love waiting for...

$22

MaXimal - Anywhere Theatre Festival 2013

10th May

Dark Wing Dubs present MAXIMAL One of Brisbane's most visceral and exciting performance poets Darkwing is here to answer your questions. Like: 'What the...

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State of Emergency

1st December

This exhibition at State Library of Queensland marks the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Commonwealth Games when Brisbane came alive with political...

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The Parlour Games Lounge

5th January

We’re super-sizing games in The Parlour this summer! Drop by our larger-than-life gaming lounge for epic board game battles, sure to set the scoreboard...

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Garage Gamer

5th January

Discover Queensland?s best video and mobile games and play your way through workshops, films, talks and special events. Drop in and grab yourself an iPad,...

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The Search For Weng Weng Kickstarter Launch Australian Tour

15th March

FROM WRITER/DIRECTOR ANDREW LEAVOLD: Back in the early Nineties, watching a two foot nine Filipino improbably named Weng Weng as a miniature James Bond...

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The Parlour - Every Day 2012

2nd March

Are you game to enter The Parlour? Join the fun in The Parlour, a special space where you can borrow and play new and traditional parlour games. Available...

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7bit Hero 'Come On. Stand Out.' EP Launches

2nd March

7bit Hero was created by Hans van Vliet, a Brisbane-based electronic musician. Emerging from the demoscene, Hans has since established himself as a synth...

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The Enchanted Corner

1st January

Mirror Mirror on the wall, where is the most magical place of all? East of the sun and west of the moon, Through the mystical forest and beyond the...

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State Library of Queensland Art and Craft Workshops

5th January

Children can create a storytelling chatterbox, pick a character and create a mask and join the fairground fun of a masked parade. Suits all ages.

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Family Film Festival 2013

5th January

Park your pram, pull up a pillow and explore the world of fairytales on-screen in SLQ’s comfy custom cinema. Films include: - Horton Hears a Who [G]...

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Holiday fun

5th January

These holidays get tangled up in fairytales, myths and legends at State Library of Queensland! Drop by in January for magical performances; fairytale...

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Masquerade escapades

5th January

Step 1 Craft and create a storytelling chatterbox and pack it full of fun and fictitious places and plots. Step 2 Choose your character. Are you a hero or...

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Top Secret Storytellers Clubhouse

5th January

Pssst…come inside State Library’s top-secret clubhouse where fairy tales reign supreme! Watch in wonder as the Chief Storytellers activate the magical...

Free

Cartoon, Animation & Manga Workshops

14th January

Discover the world of cartoons, comics and Manga, or create your own animation using stop motion production processes or computer programs Flash and...

$28

Top Secret Storytellers Clubhouse

4th January

Chief Storytellers activate the magical hyper-analogical book-selecting machine and bring kids’ favourite fairytales to life. Spaces are limited so arrive...

Free

Summer Reading Club: Untangled Tales

1st January

What would happen if Cinderella was already in love with a neighbouring peasant boy? Who can design a house of sticks that can’t be blown down by the Big...

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Badge making workshop

14th January

Learn about how badges are used to express important messages. Design and create your very own button badge to take home. For ages 8–12 years.

TBA

State Library of Queensland Comic Workshop

18th January

Learn the language of visual storytelling and the skills needed to put together a comic.

$28

State Library of Queensland Flash Animation Workshop

13th January

Learn how to use Adobe Flash to make animations.

$48

State Library of Queensland Comic Workshop

15th January

Learn the language of visual storytelling and the skills needed to put together a comic.

$28

Auslan Rhyme Time - Last Thursday 2012

27th March

AUSLAN RHYME TIME! FREE at the State Library of Qld on the last Thursday of each month. 10am Auslan Rhyme Time - join us for a very special rhyme time for...

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Transforming Tindale

1st December

Unheard stories are given a voice in this powerful exhibition of scientific photographs and contemporary artworks, exploring the legacy of Norman...

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A Night by the Fire with Katina Davidson

4th December

A curator’s tour and personal insight into the State of Emergency exhibition, Katina will talk about the process of developing the exhibition and her...

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Out of the Port: A history of Queensland Horse Racing

21st November

Since the first organised horse race at Coopers Plains in 1843, the Sport of Kings has been a passion amongst Queenslanders. From the Nanango Race Track...

Out Of The Port: Does Heritage Have A Future?

24th October

Join us for a lively panel discussion with Queensland identities national broadcaster Richard Fidler; author and social commentator Benjamin Law;...

TBA

Out of the Port: Saving our soil

19th September

Soil is one of our most critical natural resources. The history of soil conservation in Queensland is largely unknown to the wider public, considering the...

proppanow 2012

14th May

ProppaNOW is Queensland’s leading Indigenous arts collective, set up in Brisbane in 2003 to give urban-based Aboriginal artists a voice. They present a...

The Odditoreum - Every Weekend

26th May

Children’s author and illustrator Shaun Tan has created bizarre and intriguing stories and images to accompany a range of curiosities pulled from deep...

A Reading Celebration

25th August

The State Library and The Children’s Book Council of Australia are throwing a party to celebrate Children’s Book Week (18-24 August), The Reading Hour (25...

Free

Floodlines 2012

7th April

Through stories, exhibitions and events, Floodlines shares your contemporary and historical memories of Queensland’s floods – making sense of the past and...

Floodlines

11th August

The Floodlines exhibition shares your contemporary and historical memories of Queensland’s floods. It trys to make sense of the past and celebrate the...

Free

Out of the Port: Queensland's literary heritage

18th July

From Steele Rudd to John Birmingham, Queensland has a rich and varied literary history that is often overshadowed by that of the southern states. How much...

Story Lab: Odd Blog - Digital Publishing Workshop

6th July

Concoct stories using more than just words! Step in to the Story Lab and unleash your imagination these holidays. Have you ever wanted your own website?...

$35

Story Lab: Odd Blog - Digital Publishing Workshop

6th July

Concoct stories using more than just words! Step in to the Story Lab and unleash your imagination these holidays. Have you ever wanted your own website?...

$35

Story Lab: Odd Blog - Digital Publishing Workshop

6th July

Concoct stories using more than just words! Step in to the Story Lab and unleash your imagination these holidays. Have you ever wanted your own website?...

$35

Story Lab: Writing Workshop

2nd July

Concoct stories using more than just words! Step in to the Story Lab and unleash your imagination these holidays. Be inspired by video, audio, images and...

$68

Story Lab: Writing Workshop

2nd July

Concoct stories using more than just words! Step in to the Story Lab and unleash your imagination these holidays. Be inspired by video, audio, images and...

$68

Story Lab: Writing Workshop

2nd July

Concoct stories using more than just words! Step in to the Story Lab and unleash your imagination these holidays. Be inspired by video, audio, images and...

$68

2012 Brisbane Refugee Film Festival

23rd June

Come and enjoy a thought-provoking afternoon at the 2012 Brisbane Refugee Film Festival, hosted by Mercy Family Services-Romero Centre. This year we will...

Free

St Joachim'S School

21st June

An unauditioned group of 35 children aged 8 to 13 years. The children come from St Joachim's School in Holland Park. The choir was formed this year and...

Free

Grovely Primary School

21st June

Uplifting and fun children's choir music.

Free

St Peter Chanel Primary School

21st June

The choir will perform a variety of songs.

Free

St Peter Chanel Primary School

21st June

The choir will perform a variety of songs.

Free

St Peter Chanel Primary School

21st June

The choir will perform a variety of songs.

Free

St Thomas School

21st June

St Thomas School perform at State Library's Fete de la Musique celebrations.

Free

St Thomas School

21st June

St Thomas School perform at State Library's Fete de la Musique celebrations.

Free

St Thomas School

21st June

St Thomas School perform at State Library's Fete de la Musique celebrations.

Free

Choose your own Oddventure Out Of The Box Children's Festival

12th June

Join our arts workers daily as we complete the pages of an oversized book. Piece by piece and with clues and glue can we uncover the whereabouts of the...

Free

Oddly Strange or Strangely Odd Out Of The Box Children's Festival

12th June

Oddly Strange or Strangely Odd - Participatory Drama Experiences. Devised and facilitated by Griffith University Applied Theatre students working with...

Free

The Odda-Tour-eum Out Of The Box Children's Festival

13th June

What may seem like a silent tour to those on the outside will actually be a wacky adventure full of crazy characters and colourful collections. Created...

Free

The Strange-Itoreum

13th June

If you hear the fridge rattling, detect the smell of dragons or notice extraterrestrial peas rolling around your dinner plate, be warned. The...

$20

The Strange-Itoreum

13th June

If you hear the fridge rattling, detect the smell of dragons or notice extraterrestrial peas rolling around your dinner plate, be warned. The...

$20

The Strange-Itoreum

13th June

If you hear the fridge rattling, detect the smell of dragons or notice extraterrestrial peas rolling around your dinner plate, be warned. The...

$20

Conservation Clinic

7th June

Do you have a rare book, family heirloom or treasured object that has been damaged by water? Conservation staff from State Library and Queensland Museum...

Architecture Lecture Series

1st May

Interested in architectural design? Join forward thinking architects at this weekly lecture series exploring architectural issues within, around and...

Asia Pacific Design Library Lecture Series 2012

13th March

Join forward thinking architects at this weekly lecture series exploring architectural issues within, around and beyond The City. Featuring...

Behind the Screen: Television - The New Frontier?

24th May

Over the past 10 years, the format of televisual storytelling has undergone a resurgence. Programs as diverse as Breaking Bad, Deadwood, Six Feet Under,...

Mother Country

13th May

Most women of the Australian convict colonies were the victims of an unjust British social policy designed to correct the vast gender imbalance of life in...

$22

Out of the Port: Queensland house histories

16th May

Discover how the wetlands, forests and clay of the Mary River helped shape the architecture of Maryborough, and how your own home may have been influenced...

Flash Women 2012

1st November

Discover an eclectic, vibrant and stylish collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s favourite fashion pieces in this special exhibition....

Free

Cane Toad Times: Poking Fun in a Police State 2012

14th February

In two bursts of creative mayhem, from 1977-1979 and again from 1983-1990, writers, cartoonists and political activists came together to produce the...

Behind the Screen 2012

22nd March

Its a new century and everyones a critic. As new technology allows us immediate access to a bigger world of film than ever before, and a free platform to...

Queensland Votes 2012

13th February

Explore voting ephemera from Queensland political parties, dating as far back as the early 1920s. From bumper stickers, to political cartoons, t-shirts,...

Look! the Art of Australian Picture Books Today 2012

14th February

Children and adults alike will be delighted and inspired by Look! the art of Australian picture books today, a free exhibition celebrating the...

Flash Women 2012

13th February

Discover an eclectic, vibrant and stylish collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander womens favourite fashion pieces in this special exhibition....

Hat making workshop with Grace Lee 2012

18th February

Grace Lee is a young Torres Strait Islander designer from Cairns, graduating from RMIT University with Honours in Fashion Design. Her recent pieces, some...

Cost: Free

Yarnin' Time with Jenny Thompson 2012

8th February

Aunty Jenny was born in Brisbane and grew up in Kingaroy, Brisbane, Wondai and Cherbourg. Of Aboriginal and African-American descent, Aunty Jenny comes...

Cost: Free

East Coast Aboriginal Art Exhibition

8th September

The East Coast Aboriginal Art Exhibition is an annual event organised by the Heart Foundation. It showcases the work of prominent and talented Indigenous...

Free