Free access to online dictionaries and encyclopedias

Image by Caleb Roenigk, 2011.

Are you looking for a definition or some authoritative facts? SLQ provides free access to online dictionaries and encyclopedias for all SLQ members. Just some of the available titles include Macquarie Dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection. The online Macquarie Dictionary allows you to search the dictionary and thesaurus together or … Read more

Telling stories with food: what does belonging taste like?

A taste of belonging

Food sustains and nourishes our bodies and our souls, reminding us of people, places and events. Recipes and meals feature in stories and memories, shaping our cultural heritage, marking our identity and fostering our sense of belonging. State Library of Queensland is hosting a very special meal to explore the connections between food, stories and belonging on Friday April … Read more

Harmony Day

Fed speaks Italian. Image by SLQ staff.

Monday 21 March is Harmony Day – a day to celebrate our cultural diversity and share what we have in common. The theme for this year’s Harmony Day is “Our diversity is our strength”, which is a wonderful description of SLQ’s visitor experience team. Visitors to the library will be familiar with our friendly staff, … Read more


Robert Endean on the Great Barrier Reef, 1954. Image from State Library of Queensland.

Feeling inspired by the World Science Festival in Brisbane from 9-13 March 2016, I wanted to learn more about science at State Library of Queensland. But what should I research? Lacking inspiration I found myself staring around the reading room wondering what was science-y in the library? And then it struck me – everything! The … Read more

Books in many languages at your local library

Books in more than 50 languages available at the library

If you speak Chinese, Tagalog or another language other than English, there’ll be something in the LOTE collection for you. State Library provides Languages other than English (LOTE) resources for more than 315,000 Queenslanders (36 %) who speak a language other than English. The collection has over 50,000 books and other items in more than 50 languages. LOTE also suits … Read more