John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Identity area



Authorized form of name

John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection
  • The John Oxley Library


  • State

Contact area


The John Oxley Library



Street address

Cultural Precinct, Staley Place, Southbank, South Brisbane 4101

Postal address: PO Box 3488, South Brisbane QLD 4101





Country name

Postal code



07 3840 7666


07 3840 7795



Description area


The State Library is a lead collector of Queensland’s documentary heritage. The John Oxley Library, founded in 1934, has a long-standing tradition of housing Queensland’s collective memory.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer-in-charge: Director, Queensland Memory

Records management and collecting policies

The State Library of Queensland has a Content Strategy which is a high-level vision that provides a common approach to all the State Library’s collection activities. It guides the State Library’s collection development, management and engagement to ensure that the organisation is able to provide the content its users need now and in the future. (See Content Strategy -

The John Oxley Library Collection is dealt with specifically in Content Strategy - Memory Collections



A wide range of content both contemporary and retrospective is collected to reflect events, people, places and ideas that continue to shape Queensland. These collections are a resource for current and future generations wishing to understand Queensland.

Materials are collected for their research value and historical significance. Other factors that are considered are provenance, context, representation, uniqueness, condition, completeness, integrity and interpretive potential.

Material may be acquired in a range of formats, from traditional paper-based materials and photographs to digital images and files. We collect both original materials such as diaries, letters and oral histories and published materials with a link to Queensland.

Finding aids, guides and publications

See the State Library of Queensland catalogue (

Access area

Opening times

Open daily 10am-5pm on Level 4, State Library of Queensland

Access conditions and requirements

Digital content can be accessed via the State Library of Queensland catalogue Clients must become a member to access the physical, onsite content. Information about becoming a State Library of Queensland member can be found at


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 18 April 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Cultural Precinct, Staley Place, Southbank, South Brisbane 4101 Postal address: PO Box 3488, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Brisbane, Queensland 4101