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Welcome to the 2019 school year!

The start of the school year is always a busy time as teachers and students get settled and plan for the year ahead. This is an ideal time to encourage all your students and staff to become State Library members so they can access our free services, resources and amazing spaces. Join online to use databases, digitised collections, learning resources and information. You can visit us in person, or jump online and explore our collections – there is something for every Queenslander!

There are many wonderful things happening at State Library this year. In the International Year of Indigenous Languages, we’re working with schools to bring languages to life. We’re also excited to announce the date of our first ever Teachers and Libraries conference in July.

Read on for more information, and to find out about library tours, tips for making the most of the fabulous learning resources, and current and upcoming exhibitions and programs.

So get your calendar ready and we look forward to welcoming you at the library or online. 

Book your visit to State Library online and follow us on Twitter.

International Year of Indigenous Languages
State Library is playing a lead role in #IYIL2019

We encourage you to work with your school and community to bring Indigenous languages to life. Here are a few ideas to get started:

  • Introduce a Welcome to Country in language at your school
  • Share State Library's Word of the Week
  • Create a language circle or language nest
  • Record or document language speakers from the local community
  • Learn greetings/farewells in the local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander language(s) 
  • Develop dual signage/labels in the school and community
  • Incorporate language activities into key events/displays, e.g. NAIDOC, Reconciliation Week or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
  • Make your own flash cards, chatterboxes, body charts or posters incorporating language
  • Work with community members to create your own language books, artwork or songs 
  • Host a community language event, festival, forum or similar to celebrate language in your school, community or town
  • Have a language display/corner/wall in the classroom or school library

Further ideas, including online resources, can be found on the State Library’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages blog and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages webpage.

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Image: Language Wordle created by Desmond Crump, December 2014.

Tours at State Library

Tours at State Library

Tours of State Library are a great way to find out about our amazing spaces, collections and services, and really help students to understand how the library can support them with their studies. Guided group tours are available for students from Year 5 to tertiary, as well as teachers, librarians and other adult groups. The free guided tours last 45 minutes and can be booked online up to 14 days prior. Self-guided visits are also welcome. Please check in to let us know about your visit and if your group has any special requirements.

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Save the date – 22 July 2019
Teachers and Libraries Conference

State Library will host the inaugural Teachers and Libraries conference on Monday 22 July 2019. The full-day program at State Library will be an invaluable professional development opportunity for teacher-librarians, teachers and other education and library professionals. Don’t miss this unique chance to update your skills and learn about the latest tech and developments. Reinforce your library’s status as the essential ideas hub and resource centre of your school. Teachers and Libraries is also an exceptional chance to network and share ideas. Save the date in your calendar today and look out for booking information to follow.

Resource tips for schools

Resource tips for schools

Tagging in the catalogue

In our catalogue you can create and share private pinned lists of resources, as well as publicly available tagged resources. Create tags for specific assessments, curriculum areas, school or class names or other useful labels. You can then share these with teachers and students. The catalogue also features tags supporting the prescribed text lists in English, developed in partnership with the QCAA.

Free film-streaming with Kanopy

Kanopy is a free film-streaming service with over 30,000 of the world’s best films, documentaries, rare titles and favourites covering all curriculum areas. Licensing allows teachers to screen films in class and for groups. Create and share playlists of films to support a topic of study. Kanopy is available on desktop, mobile and tablet.

>> Explore Kanopy now.

Plantation Voices

Plantation Voices
Open daily until 8 Sep | Philip Bacon Gallery, level 4 | Free

Emerging from the sugarcane farms of tropical Queensland to cut a path to freedom, the stories of Australian South Sea Islanders are steeped in strength and resilience.

Through never-before-seen original photographs, rare and restricted historical papers, and newly commissioned artworks, Plantation Voices gives voice to the untold stories of a community that played a vital role in the shaping of our nation, and fought so fiercely to call Australia home…

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South Sea Islanders cutting cane in the Bundaberg district, ca. 1906. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image APO-032-0001-0018.

Home: a suburban obsession

Home: a suburban obsession
Open daily until 14 July | slq Gallery, level 2 | Free

There’s no place like home. And there’s no sense of nostalgia quite like the one we feel when we see a photograph of a home — our house, the house of someone close to us, the house where we spent our formative years. Our homes may be made of bricks and mortar, but they can assume mythical dimensions in our imaginations, shaping the stories we tell about ourselves and one another.

Home: a suburban obsession explores the social and emotional foundations of our houses through the incredible legacy of Frank and Eunice Corley, whose photographs displayed here — alongside stories, ephemera and artistic responses — capture the suburban architecture of 1960s ‒1970s South East Queensland and the places we call home.

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Image: Image from the Frank and Eunice Corley House Photograph collection, Acc.6169 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

State Library research fellowships

State Library research fellowships
Closes 28 March

Unleash your inner researcher and apply for a research fellowship at State Library. There are five research opportunities totalling $60,000.

Attend an information night on Thursday 7 March to hear more about the application process and insights from current State Library fellows. People from all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply!

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Image: Children on the verandah of a cottage in Pialba, 1928, H M Hall, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Resource Guide: Designing the Queen’s Baton

Resource Guide: Designing the Queen’s Baton

Following the recent Bright Bold Boundless: designing the Queen’s baton display, State Library has put together a resource guide for secondary design educators.

This guide will help educators to identify teaching and learning opportunities in the Design General Senior Syllabus using the #GC2018 Queen’s Baton as a case.

A replica GC2018 Baton used in Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is available for viewing in State Library’s collection.

>> View the resource guide

Palm Island and Our People

Palm Island and Our People
Open daily until 22 April | kuril dhagun, level 1 | Free

The inspiring history of Palm Island is celebrated in a fascinating showcase of images, memorabilia and digital stories. Palm Island and Our People acknowledges the centenary of the first placement of people to the island as an Aboriginal Reserve, and explores the history of this tropical paradise.

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State Library acknowledges the significant contribution of the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council and the Bwgcolman Indigenous Knowledge Centre in the development of this exhibition.

Image: Alf Wilson. Acc: 31493, Palm Island Centenary Commemoration Photographs 2018, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

The Premier’s Anzac Prize 2019

The Premier’s Anzac Prize 2019

Congratulations to the eight Queensland students awarded a trip of a lifetime, experiencing the Anzac tradition first hand, through the 2019 Premier’s Anzac Prize.

Under the Skin 4
Fri 29 Mar, 2pm–4pm | State Library | Free | bookings required

Follow the progress of the 2018 Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Fellows Elaine Acworth, Dr Anastasia Dukova, Dr Martin Kerby and Deborah Terranova as they bring to life memories and experiences of Queenslanders during the war.

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Cardboard Castles in The Corner
Daily, 10am–3pm | The Corner, Level 1, State Library of Queensland | For children under 8 and their families | Free

Explore elements of design and construction at The Corner!

Come down to The Corner and play your way through our interactive environment carefully prepared for children from birth through to eight years. Through art making, facilitated play, sharing stories and creative conversations, children and families can interact with artists and each other to creatively engage in the serious business of play.

Image: Joe Ruckli

Family Fun with Dr Rob Bell
Sat 23 March, 10am–11:30am | The Knowledge Walk, level 1, State Library | For families | Free, no bookings required

Experience the World Science Festival at State Library of Queensland.

Join Dr Rob Bell for a First 5 Forever morning filled with science, stories, slime and all things family fun. First 5 Forever is an initiative of the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Government.

To find out more, visit your local Queensland public library or visit

Family Fun with Dr Rob Bell is a World Science Festival Brisbane Affiliate Event.

International Year of Indigenous Languages

In 2019 State Library of Queensland celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

A great way for families to experience indigenous languages together is by learning an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander word for something they know how to say in their own language/s. To get you started, we’ve got word lists for animals, body parts and greetings from a range of languages spoken all over Queensland.

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Image: Joe Ruckli

We've got families covered on the new State Library website

The State Library website has had a facelift. 

Discover themed book lists and art making resources; tools and suggestions for supporting early literacy through the First 5 Forever program; and The Summer Reading Club to support a love of recreational reading through the summer.

Check out the What’s On section for family-friendly events and activities to help you learn, play and have fun together.

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Young Writers Workshop with author Dave Lowe

Young Writers Workshop with author Dave Lowe
Sun 14 Apr, 10am–1pm | State Library | For ages 10–13 | $15 | bookings required

Author Dave Lowe will challenge and inspire young writers aged 10–13 in a specially crafted workshop. A wonderful opportunity for young people with big imaginations and a love of stories.

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Workshop provided by Book Links (Qld).

Young Illustrators Workshop

Young Illustrators Workshop with Katrin Dreiling
Sun 17 Mar, 1pm–3pm | State Library | $15 | For ages 9–12 | $15 | bookings required

Make an artist’s book with award winning illustrator Katrin Dreiling.

In a workshop tailored to 9–12 year olds, Katrin Dreiling will inspire young illustrators with the joy of artist’s books. Why not visit the artist book collection on Level 4 while you are here?

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Workshop provided by Book Links (Qld)​.