Central Library

Central Library (called Social Sciences and Humanities Library between 1998-2019) combines a large multidisciplinary collection and 24/7 study space for students. 

We're open online and on-campus

Our print collections have reopened and AskUs is available online and on-campus.

Please use physical distancing in library spaces:


  • Community members and visitors have access to the Central Library from 7am-10pm Monday to Friday and 7am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Your UQ ID card is required after hours to use 24/7 spaces.

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+61 7 3346 4312 Find your librarian

Postal address

Central Library
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072


Social Sciences and Humanities Library.


  • 1060 total seats
  • 130 computers
  • 24/7 spaces

Rooms you can book

Book a room:

  • 12 group meeting rooms
  • 2 individual study rooms
  • 1 presentation room
  • 3 Postgraduate group meeting rooms
  • 17 Postgraduate individual study rooms
  • 3 assistive technology rooms

Return your loans on level one

Help us make items available again sooner by using the best return option.

High-use and document delivery

Place high-use, document delivery and oversized items (that do not fit in the general return chutes) on the return shelves.

High-use return shelfs. Caption below
Automatic return shelves in the High-Use and Requested Items section on level one of Central Library.  Automatic return shelf (Instagram video, 6s).

General loans

Place general loans in the return chutes.

General returns. Caption below.
Return chutes and Book Machine on level one of Central Library. 
Book machine (Instagram video, 11s).

Your items will be returned and you will receive a confirmation email.

Floor plans and accessible facilities

Level one

24/7 High-Use collection and study space.

  • Collections:
    • High-Use
    • Requested items
  • AskUs service point
  • Book returns
  • Meeting Rooms N105-N106A
  • Study rooms N107D, N107E
  • Training Room N109
  • Assistive technology rooms N107A–N107C
  • Consultation room
  • Computers
  • Print, scan and copy
  • Toilets
  • Postgraduate lockers

Information for clients with disabilities.

Level 1 Floor plan, Central Library

Level two 

24/7 study space.

  • Computers
  • Group meeting rooms N2014A-F
  • Presentation room N206
  • Accessible kitchenette with fridge, microwave, hot and cold water and seating
  • Print, scan and copy
  • Toilets

Level 2 floor plan, Central Library.

Level three

24/7 collections and study space.

  • Collections:
    • Books and journals
    • Reshelving
  • Meeting Room N311
  • Computers
  • Print, scan and copy
  • Height adjustable desk
  • Toilets

Level 3, floor plan, Central Library

Level four

24/7 collections and Study space.

  • Collections:
    • Books and Journals
    • Chinese Resource Centre
    • Curriculum resources
    • Folios
    • Maps
    • Microform
    • Newspapers
  • Postgraduate study centre:
    • Group meeting rooms 
    • Individual study rooms
    • Lockers
  • Meeting Room N412
  • Computers
  • Print, scan and copy
  • Height adjustable desks
  • Toilets

Level 4 floor plan, Central Library.


Study space outside the Library

Duhig Place is an outdoor study space next to the Central Library, where you'll find:

  • Shaded seats and tables
  • Power points
  • Wi-fi (eduroam)
  • Braille trail leading to the Central Library
  • Well-lit areas for evening use