Fryer Library services during Reading Room closure

The Fryer Reading Room is temporarily closed until further notice for the health and safety of our clients.

Our staff are available to assist you online and can help you obtain the information you need from Fryer physical collections while they are unavailable.

How we can help you

Fryer staff are available via email,, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. We are happy to answer your queries about Fryer Library collections and can offer consultations for researchers, academics and students via phone and Zoom calls. 

  • Use our research service to get information from our physical collections. Staff will be on-site at least once a week. We will provide you with an idea of how long your request may take via email.
  • If you are looking for digitised materials, we are able to direct you to resources provided by the UQ Library, as well as other cultural institutions around Australia and the world.

For any other library enquiries, AskUs is available to help.

What else are we working on?

While the Reading Room is closed, our staff are working on several projects to improve our services and the ways you find and access our collections, including:

  • Updating records in our Fryer Manuscripts database to make them even more discoverable and informative.
  • Adding records to Fryer Manuscripts for new collections that we've acquired.
  • Undertaking preventative conservation on items that need it. This includes everything from moving some collection material into new archival containers to making minor paper repairs to creating preservation copies of at-risk photographic material.
  • Reuniting our hardback books with their dust jackets! This is a project which will allow anyone studying publishing or illustration to more quickly access these valuable resources (and they'll look extra pretty on our shelves, which we like).
  • Photographing items from our collections to make them available online for students and researchers. At the moment, our photographer is focusing on some of our unique rare books.
  • Working on updating our webpages over the coming months to provide you with an improved experience when you interact with us online.
  • Preparing exhibitions and events that we hope to be able to share with you later in the year.

Fryer Librarians are also continuing their object-based teaching in an online format for classes on gender studies, creative writing and history, as well as remotely supervising interns from different Faculties. 

Follow us

Over the coming months, we will be posting regularly on the Library's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as highlighting some exciting collections and items on the Library's blog. Be sure to follow us on these platforms for announcements about future events, exhibitions and developments at Fryer.

Last updated:
7 April 2020