Fryer Library, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Queensland

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Fryer Library, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Queensland

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Fryer Library and Special Collections
  • The Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature


  • University

Contact area


Manager, Fryer Library



Street address

Level 4, Duhig Building 2, Campbell Road, The University of Queensland, St Lucia





Country name

Postal code



07 336 56236



Description area


The Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature was founded in 1927 in honour of John Denis Fryer and provides a rich store of books, manuscripts, photographs, theses, architectural drawings, oral histories and much more.

The Fryer Library's extensive collection of published and unpublished material focuses on Australian literature, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, Queensland history, art and architecture.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

The Fryer Library builds collections to support scholarship, education and engagement with The University of Queensland community, international students and researchers and the broader public.

The Fryer Library’s current collecting focus is on materials whose form, function and content are likely to advance scholarship or learning in the fields of Australian literature and drama, Queensland architectural history and Australian cultural and social history with particular emphasis on the history of The University of Queensland.



  • Australian literature and drama - Manuscript papers and archives of Australian authors.
  • Queensland architectural plans and records - non-government architectural records, plans and drawings, photographs, construction specifications, correspondence and documents related to buildings designed and built in Queensland.
  • History of The University of Queensland and the papers of scholars of The University of Queensland.
  • Collections that support the holdings of University museums - Materials are selectively acquired that support research into related collections held in the University’s heritage museums.

Historically, the Fryer Library’s collecting priorities have been more diverse, including general works on Queensland and Australian history, radical politics, trade unionism, women’s and gender studies, Indigenous issues, Australian art and other areas.

In the future, offers of manuscript material may be referred to other collecting institutions with strengths in these areas.

Finding aids, guides and publications

The catalogue of Fryer Manuscripts can be searched online at Finding aids are attached to individual records.

Rare books and published materials can be found using the Library’s catalogue. Short records for manuscript materials can also be searched in this way.

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm; third Saturday of every month, 12-5pm.

Access conditions and requirements

Items in the Fryer Library may not be borrowed but are available for use in the reading room. To view an item, use the online form and plan ahead for your visit. Contact us with any questions regarding your visit.

Please follow our reading room guidelines when you visit the Fryer Library and ask for assistance at our service point in the reading room.

Selected Fryer and University of Queensland Archives' digitised collections are also available in the eSpace institutional repository.


The Fryer Library is open to members of the public as well as University staff and students. Fryer Library is on level 4, Duhig Building (Building number 2).

A site map is available at

Services area

Research services

The Fryer Library's F W Robinson reading room provides a dedicated space for clients to view our historical photographs, manuscripts, maps, realia, ephemera and rare printed collections.

Library staff are also available to provide research assistance and answer any questions about items in our collection.

Plan your visit to Fryer

Reproduction services

The Fryer Library provides a copying service for unpublished, fragile material. Both copyright clearance and the preservation of unpublished material will affect whether or not copies can be provided.

Public areas

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Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 11 September 2019




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Labour (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Level 4, Duhig Building 2, Campbell Road, The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072