Fryer Library

Fryer Reading Room open by appointment only

The Reading Room is currently open by appointment only for the health and safety of our clients. Our staff are available to assist you online. Contact us to book an appointment.

Our history

The Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature was founded in 1927 in honour of John Denis Fryer. For over 90 years, we have been collecting a rich store of unique cultural material, supporting students and researchers in their research projects and hosting events for our community of scholars. Find out how our library has transformed over time by clicking through the timeline below.

Explore our collections and services

Fryer's special collections provide rich, untapped research material such as letters, diaries, manuscripts, architectural plans & models, photographs and rare books. Researchers and students are welcome to use our FW Robinson reading room to access original material from these collections. Search our Fryer Manuscripts database to discover more or contact our subject expert librarians in Fryer Library, email:

Join the special collections experience

Become a part of the Fryer community and join us in our engaging events held throughout the year, apply for one of our scholarships using unique Fryer collections or donate to support the Fryer Library.

Location and hours


+61 7 336 56236

Postal address

Fryer Library
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072



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