Design Finds with Nicole Phillips

Libraries are sometimes an overlooked resource in a designer’s toolkit. We are pleased to share Queensland designers’ experiences of exploring the State Library’s excellent collection of books, objects and other ephemera. APDL spoke to graphic designer, Nicole Phillips, of Typograph.her who spent some time exploring the treasures held within the State Library’s repository and presented her “design finds” to … Read more

APDL summer reading 2016

Summer holidays are on the horizon which means the APDL summer reading guide is out! We loved curating this list of our favourite design books to help you while away those free hours during the holidays. See what made this year’s list… Chenoa’s picks Program Coordinator, Chenoa is heading to a secluded beach and has a swag of … Read more

Kindred: The Development of a Social Network for Books

Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa considered narratives to be central to defining ourselves as human beings. “We are stories, telling stories”, he said. Humans occupy innumerable stories, from different perspectives, at different times, in varying places, moods and tastes. Books, too, I believe, tell not just the stories within, but a whole host of stories without. … Read more

Discovering Design


I’ve been volunteering at the APDL since December. I don’t come from a design background but I do love books and libraries. It’s clear the collection is brimming with beautiful books on architecture, graphic design and fashion. But I didn’t count on finding so much inspiration for everyday life. I’m slowly making my way through, … Read more

APDL is hiring!

The APDL is looking for a Design Lounge Coordinator!  * For a full role description and application details please email – or visit Smart Jobs and Careers to submit online. * The Design Lounge Coordinator will be responsible for providing an efficient support service to APDL staff and State Library community. The Design Lounge Coordinator will ensure the Design … Read more