How we make a difference
We provide resources and collaborative study spaces for the teaching and learning of UQ students and researchers. Our knowledge and collections are shared with the community through events and inspiring exhibitions.
Developing and supporting an outstanding research collection
We subscribe to and purchase the latest research and scholarly materials including online databases, print and eBooks, journals and theses. We work to ensure our collection is available online and enable our clients to suggest items to expand our collection.
Dedicated staff for research support
Our staff are experts in expanding access to information and helping you make the most of our collection.
- Get help at an AskUs service point or through online chat
- Training in Orientation Week and throughout the year
- Working closely with academic staff
- Assisting researchers with literature searches
- Supporting community borrowers and visitors
Showcasing our cultural history and special collections
We have a rich collection of rare books, manuscripts, architectural drawings and photographs that offer the potential for new research opportunities to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the university and the wider community.
Founded in honour of John Denis Fryer (1895 - 1923), the Fryer Library holds a significant collection of Australian Literature and Australiana. Queensland architecture is another collection strength, as the Fryer Library holds plans and records from historical and current firms. The Fryer Library supports teaching and research as well as community interest in these subject areas.
Some of our special collections include the:
- Otto Hirschfeld Collection at the Herston Health Sciences Library which includes medical books and papers
- Classics of Surgery Collection at the UQ/Mater McAuley Library which is a series of historical surgery books donated by the Neely family in memory of the late Professor Mervyn Neely
- Macrossan Memorial Collection at the Walter Harrison Law Library
- Hayes Collection at the Fryer Library
Preserving and digitising materials
We digitise research collections to preserve and share our history. Recent collections that have been digitised include the:
- Jack Fryer Papers which was funded through the Queensland Government Anzac Centenary program
- Diary of a Turkish Soldier who fought at Gallipoli during the first World War
- Laurel Frank Collection which includes sketches and designs from Expo 88
- Indigenous Voices of Queensland - Elwyn Flint Collection which was funded through a grant from the Australian National Data Service
- UQ Book of Student Benefactors a treasured record that charts student donations from 1925 - 1983
A large number of our digitised works are available through our UQ eSpace online repository.
Rewarding hard work and success through awards and scholarships
We recognise the achievements of our undergraduate students through the Library Excellence Award.
Each year up to three students who demonstrate that they have used library resources to excel in an assignment at university are awarded a $1000 prize.
Since 2006, the Fryer Fellowship has supported individual research projects in the areas of Australian literature, history and culture. Successful applicants are awarded $20,000 and access to the Fryer Library collections to undertake their specific research project.
The winner of the 2016 Fryer Library Fellowship is Dr Roger Osborne. His Fellowship will explore the short story market in Australia and the long-running Australia Journal during the editorship of Ronald Campbell from 1926 to 1955.
Providing Library spaces to improve the UQ student experience
Learning spaces for our students are constantly changing and they are no longer just filled with books. Our Libraries are the place to meet, relax or "put your feet up" in between classes, charge your laptop or catch up on today's news.
We provide a range of facilities for study and collaboration for the thousands of people who come through our doors each day:
- numerous computers, study and break-out spaces
- safe 24-hour study areas
- 3D printing
- the Law Library moot court
- Energy Pods in the Biological Sciences Library
Thank you for your support. Your gifts and donations make a difference.