Fryer Library

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The Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature was founded in 1927 in honour of John Denis Fryer and provides a rich store of books, manuscripts, photographs, theses, architectural drawings, oral histories and much more.

Temporary changes to Fryer services

Opening once a month, every third Saturday

We are opening Fryer on the third Saturday of every month, 12 to 5pm. This is an extension of a trial started in March 2018.

  • Materials must be pre-ordered using the item request form to be available on a Saturday.
  • If you require further items, they can be requested for retrieval during the week.

Opening Fryer on the third Saturday of every month is in  response to feedback from researchers unable to visit during weekdays.


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Discover why this unique collection remains an important resource for teaching and research today

The Fryer Library

The Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature  was founded in 1927 in honour of John Denis Fryer and provides a rich store of books, manuscripts, photographs, theses, architectural drawings, oral histories and much more. The Fryer Library's extensive collection of published and unpublished material focuses on Australian literature, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, Queensland history, art and architecture.

The Fryer Library is open to the public and the wider University community. We welcome students, academics, independent researchers and members of the general public to access our collections. 

The University of Queensland Archives

The University of Queensland Archives, mandated by University policy, holds the official records of the University which are of permanent and enduring value, supporting accountability, business needs and community expectations. The university archives records date from the establishment of the University in 1910, and from 1897 for Queensland Agricultural College, now UQ Gatton Campus. 

The Fryer Library Collection

The Fryer Library has diverse collections: everything from books to unpublished manuscripts, typewriters and cowbells. Explore what we collect.


Items in the Fryer Library may not be borrowed but are available for use in the reading room. To view an item, use the online form and plan ahead for your visit. Contact us with any questions regarding your visit. Please follow our reading room guidelines when you visit the Fryer Library and ask for assistance at our service point in the reading room.

Selected Fryer & UQ Archives' digitised collections are also available in the eSpace institutional repository

The University of Queensland Archives Collection

The University Archives permanent records include administrative records, student and staff records, committee minutes and papers.  Amongst some of the major holdings are minutes of the University of Queensland Senate, the Academic Board and its predecessors the Board of Faculties and the Professorial Board, and Faculty and school committees.  The University of Queensland Archives holds some significant photographic collections pertaining to the university along with an assortment of university related publications.

The archival holdings provide an authoritative and reliable source of information on the university and the people associated with it.  The main client groups are university staff and postgraduates, professional historians, researchers and heritage consultants. 


Archival records can be accessed by appointment.  Please direct enquiries to the University Archivist, Bruce Ibsen. Phone +61 07 33652918 or email Enquiries dealing with current administrative records should be directed to Records Management Services.

Fryer reading room

The Fryer Library's F W Robinson reading room provides a dedicated space for clients to view our historical photographs, manuscripts, maps, realia, ephemera and rare printed collections. Library staff are also available to provide research assistance and answer any questions about items in our collection. Save time and plan your visit to Fryer.

Registering & requesting items

To access collections, please register to receive a Fryer reader's ticket. Complete the request form ahead of your visit to request items. This ensures that material will be available when you visit as some collections are held offsite. Find out more about requesting items.

Copying Service

The Fryer Library provides a copying service for unpublished and/or fragile material. Copies are provided in accordance with Australian copyright legislation. Find out more about making or requesting copies.

Special Collections Classes

Are you teaching history related or humanities courses? The Fryer library offers hands-on classes incorporating rare and unique collections to support your courses.

Citing Fryer material

You’ve used Fryer manuscript material in your research, and now you need to cite it. Find out more about what elements you need.


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Fryer featured blogs

The University's distinguished Fryer Library has grown from humble beginnings, to become a collection of profound importance to scholars of Australian studies. Read about the significance of this library 'treasure'.

Location and hours


+61 7 336 56236 Fryer Staff

Postal address

Fryer Library
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072




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