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Queensland - Organisation

State Library of Queensland (1896 - )

Records Access Service and Records Holder
Alternative Names
  • Brisbane Public Library (Also known as, 1896 - 1898)
  • The Public Library of Queensland (Also known as, 1898 - 1971)

The State Library of Queensland was established in 1896 and opened in 1902. The State Library is the legal deposit library for Queensland, the main reference and research library of Queensland and its primary role is to ensure Queensland's documentary heritage is collected, preserved and made accessible to the public. The Library holds some records from past 'care providers', generally found in the John Oxley Library and genealogical records including birth and death certificates in the Family History Unit.


The State Library of Queensland contains the John Oxley Library on Level 4. The John Oxley Library was opened in 1934 and is responsible for collecting, managing and providing access to material that documents Queensland's history, development and cultural life. The John Oxley Library collects widely and is assisted by the State Library's legal deposit role, which requires publishers, authors and others to deposit a copy of their works with the library.

Some records of the Congregational, Methodist, Presbyterian and Uniting Church out-of-home care institutions were transferred to the John Oxley Library in Brisbane. These records only relate to church administration and operations. There are no individual files of former residents.

The State Library of Queensland also has a large collection of genealogical resources within its Family History Unit. The resources cover records from Queensland, other Australian states and other countries and include census records, immigration and shipping, births, deaths and marriages among other items.


Location - John Oxley Library was situated at Stanley Place, South Bank. Location: South Bank

Prepared by: Lee Butterworth and Nicola Laurent