Discover the innovative landscape of Brisbane and surrounding areas, outstanding libraries and cultural institutions with our self-guided Library Explorer Tours! It may be via a local walking tour, via a trip on the River Cat or a bus/train journey further afield to explore some of the region’s library and cultural projects. From architectural designs to cutting-edge services and technology implementations, these tours offer a firsthand glimpse into wonderful spaces.

Immerse yourself in the dynamic atmosphere of these libraries and cultural centres and gain insights into the shaping of tomorrow’s libraries. Whether you’re a librarian, researcher, or simply curious about the evolving role of libraries, these tours will inspire and inform.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be part of shaping the future of libraries. Get ready to embark on a captivating journey with our self-guided Library Explorer Tours in Brisbane, Australia!

State Library of Queensland

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Founded in 1896, State Library of Queensland is the leading reference and research library in Queensland. State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving a comprehensive collection of Queensland’s cultural and documentary heritage, providing free access to information for all Queenslanders and for the advancement of public libraries across the State. State Library plays a lead role in serving all Queenslanders, through statewide library services and partnerships with more than 325 vibrant public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres in Queensland.

The award-winning building was redeveloped between 2003 and 2006. When it re-opened to the public in 2006, it set a new benchmark for Australian libraries. A range of new services and spaces were designed to intentionally welcome new audiences to the library. For the first time in an Australian state library, children under 8 years enjoyed a space designed specifically for them and their carers: The Corner. First Nations knowledge, history and culture is acknowledged and celebrated in kuril dhagun. The library offers a program of curated exhibitions to showcase its collections in the Talbot Family Treasures Wall, slq Gallery, Australian Library of Art and kuril dhagun.

Your guided tour will include visits to:

  • John Oxley Library
  • Talbot Family Treasures Wall
  • Australian Library of Art
  • slq Gallery
  • Asia Pacific Design Library
  • Queensland Terrace
  • The Corner
  • kuril dhagun
  • The Edge

The redeveloped building, designed by Donovan Hill Peddle Thorp, was awarded Australia’s top prize for public architecture: the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture, 2007.

You can read a history of State Library in this blog which was written to celebrate its 120 years of service to Queenslanders.

Location

Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl,

South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Opening Hours

Contact us

+61(07) 3840 7666

Anzac Square and Memorial Galleries

Anzac Square and Memorial Galleries

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Queensland’s pre-eminent war memorial Anzac Square is dedicated to the men and women who have served their country in conflict and in peace since the 1899 Boer War. It provides a space to reflect, grieve and remember loved ones and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The Shrine of Remembrance and Eternal Flame are a focal point for millions of Queenslanders – a poignant reminder of our history, and a tribute to the men and women who have served this country in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping missions.

Located in the centre of Brisbane, the Anzac Square parklands feature the Shrine of Remembrance and Eternal Flame burning at its heart. Beneath the Shrine of Remembrance and Eternal Flame are 3 memorial galleries that commemorate and showcase Queensland stories from World War I, World War II, and post-1945. The galleries are managed and curated by State Library of Queensland, to enhance our knowledge and understanding of service and conflicts. Visitor services include a schools program, curated tours and events that profile significant events.

Visit the galleries, admission is free with our knowledgeable staff onsite to assist with free guided tours of Anzac Square and Memorial Galleries.

Location

285 Ann St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

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Opening hours

Sunday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday Closed
Anzac Day 5:30 am – 3 pm
All other public holidays Closed

Image: SCLQ image library collection

Supreme Court Library Queensland

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Supreme Court Library Queensland (SCLQ) was established in 1862 to serve the judiciary and the legal profession in the administration of justice in Queensland.

As the state’s principal law library, for over 160 years we have assisted customers to navigate legal content, provided legal research services, and maintained research and legal heritage collections in Brisbane and courthouses across Queensland.

Delegates to the IFLA Information Futures Summit in Brisbane in October 2024 are invited to visit the library in the QEII Courts of Law. We will also be running tours of the library space and rare books collection, and a special tour of the building’s diverse range of public artworks. Tour bookings will open closer to the time.

Location

Supreme Court Library Queensland
Level 12, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law
415 George Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Contact us

1300 SCLQLD (1300 725 753)
informationservices@sclqld.org.au

Queensland Conservatorium of Music
Queensland Conservatorium is one of Australia’s leading music and performing arts schools, offering a wide variety of degree options, from classical music, jazz, opera, and popular music to musical theatre, acting, music technology and music education.

Queensland College of Art and Design
With special interest areas of contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, Design and Visual arts, our thriving community of artists, designers and photographers are constantly pushing the boundaries of the visual and creative arts.

University of Queensland Library

The University of Queensland Library

Art & Arch History

The University of Queensland, consistently ranked among the world’s top universities, has educated and worked with outstanding people for more than a century to create positive change globally. More than 55,000 current students, including 21,500 international students, contribute to a diverse, inclusive community across UQ’s 4 beautiful campuses.

Just 7 kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, UQ St Lucia is renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses. Bounded by the Brisbane River on 3 sides, the 114-hectare site provides a perfect study, research and living environment. You will enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university. The gracious sandstone architecture, with its hub of cloistered buildings enclosing the National Trust-registered Great Court – along with spacious parklands and lakes – encompass world-class teaching and research facilities, including Queensland’s largest research library, fully equipped laboratories, and modern lecture theatres.

The UQ Library has a key role to play in equipping the UQ community with the information and skills to thrive in today’s complex information society. We aspire to be an agent for positive change and a key strategic partner and connector across the University. Cultural competency and social justice are core values for us. We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and we are committed to reconciliation and truth-telling. Among our libraries is the Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature, which was founded in 1927 in memory of student John Denis Fryer. The collection includes rare books and manuscript papers of great Australian writers including David Malouf, Peter Carey, Thea Astley, and Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

Your guided tour will include visits to Central Library, Fryer Library and The University of Queensland Art Museum.

Location

Campbell Road, The University of Queensland St Lucia 4072

Bond University Main Library

Bond University Library

Bond University has two libraries, the Law Library and Main Library. The Bond University main campus is located in Varsity Lakes. You can take the Train to Robina Station and then get an Uber or taxi to the main campus.

All Campus buildings require visitors to be accompanied by a Bond staff member. Please email in advance to arrange a tour.

Location

14 University Drive,
Varsity Lakes, QLD 4227

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Contact us

IFLA Tour Enquiries: +61(07) 5595 3530
shutley@bond.edu.au

Broadbeach Library

Broadbeach Library offers a large, contemporary space and a wide range of library services, resources and activities.

Train then light rail – The library is just a few minutes walk from the heart of Broadbeach, opposite the Pacific Fair shopping centre. It’s one of the city’s most environmentally sustainable buildings, designed to reduce the use of water, electricity and air conditioning.

Location

1 Sunshine Boulevard,
Mermaid Waters, 4218

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Contact us

General Enquiries – +61(07) 5667 5940

Griffith University – Gold Coast Campus

Located within the cutting-edge Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct—alongside Gold Coast University Hospital—our world-class Gold Coast campus is home to 21,000 students. As our largest campus, teaching and research span almost all study areas, with a strong focus on medicine, dentistry and health.

60 mins by road (traffic permitting) 50 mins by train.

Helensvale Library Cultural Centre

Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre is one of the Gold Coast’s largest and most versatile purpose-built community centres. It offers a range of flexible spaces for library services, events, workshops and meetings.

The building features several creative spaces, including a 208-seat auditorium.

Located 5 minutes walk from the train station.

Location

Corner Lindfield Road and Sir John Overall Drive
Helensvale 4212

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General Enquiries – +61(07) 5667 5940

Southport and Local Studies Libraries

The library, which also houses the Local Studies Library, provides a range of flexible spaces for library services, events and meetings. It has a café and outdoor courtyard.

Train and Light Rail – Southport Library is on the corner of Garden and Lawson Streets, Southport, opposite the Southport Central precinct. The library is a five-minute walk from Southport tram station.

Location

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General Enquiries – +61(07) 5667 5940

Ipswich Central Library

Ipswich Central Library was built in 2022 and is a start of the art facility with an extensive collection, study spaces and privacy pods.  Of special mention is the Makerspace and Local History Room.

The library is accessible from Brisbane via Qld Rail.  Attendees to catch Ipswich train from Central station and disembark at Ipswich Station.  Library is located in the precinct directly across from the train station, less than 5 minutes walk (total travel time approx. 1hr).  Alternatively, attendees can drive from Brisbane to Ipswich and access 3 hours of free parking in the Nicholas St Precinct Carpark (travel time approx. 50mins).

Location

Nicholas Street Precinct
Nicholas Street Ipswich 4305

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Contact us

General Enquiries – +61(07) 3810 6815
E-mail: libinfo@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Ipswich Children’s Library

Located in the Nicholas Street Precinct (directly across from the Central Library)  the Children’s Library is Australia’s only public library dedicated to children.  The space is designed specifically for children aged 0-12 years to explore, learn and play.  It features a specially designed catalogue just for kids and several unique multi-reality interactive experiences.

The library is accessible from Brisbane via Qld Rail.  Attendees to catch Ipswich train from Central station and disembark at Ipswich Station.  Library is located in the precinct directly across from the train station, less than 5 minutes walk (total travel time approx. 1hr). Alternatively, attendees can drive from Brisbane to Ipswich and access 3 hours of free parking in the Nicholas St Precinct Carpark (travel time approx. 50mins).

Location

1 Nicholas Street
Nicholas Street Precinct
Ipswich 4305

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Contact us

General Enquiries – +61(07) 3810-6815
E-mail: childrenslibrary@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Rosewood Library

Library opened in 2021.  It is a dedicated two-storey, open plan space with a heritage-style building façade.  Of special mention is the Local History Room and a council connect booth for Ipswich City Council payments registrations and inquiries

The library is accessible from Brisbane via Qld Rail.  Attendees to catch Ipswich/Rosewood train from Central Station and disembark at Rosewood Station.  The Rosewood Library is located directly across the road from the train station (travel time approx. 1hr).

Location

Rosewood Library
15 Railway Street, Rosewood QLD 4340

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General Enquiries – +61(07) 3810-6815
E-mail: rosewoodlibrary@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Springfield Central Library

Springfield Central Library opened in 2018.  The library features a diverse, hand-curated selection of titles in the Marketplace and unique interactive digital experiences in the Makerspace.

The library is accessible via Qld Rail.  Attendees to catch Springfield train from Central Station and disembark at Springfield Central Station.  The library is located within the Orion Shopping Centre, directly across from the train station.  Approximately 10 minutes walk (total travel time approx. 1hr).  Alternatively, attendees can drive from Brisbane to Orion Springfield Central and access free parking (travel time approx. 35 minutes).

Location

Cnr Main Street & Sirius Drive
Orion Springfield Central,
Springfield Central 4300

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General Enquiries – +61(07) 3810-6815
E-mail: libraryspringfield@ipswich.qld.gov.au