What we collect

Published collections

Current books and journals in the areas of Australian literature, history and culture are held in the Fryer Library. We collect literary and critical works by and about Australian writers. Focus is given to writers published by the University of Queensland Press. Works relating to Queensland architecture are acquired to support research that draws on the architectural plan collection. Publications about the University, its people and history are also collected.

More information can be found in the Fryer Library Collection Development Policy.

Special collections

Fryer Library's special collections cover a broad range of formats and time periods. including rare, archival, and primary source materials, are held in the Fryer Library. Strengths include Australian literary manuscripts, publications and records on history and architecture.


1. Artworks

A watercolour by Karl Langer, UQFL158.

The Fryer library has collected artworks with strong links to our manuscript collections and Australian literature.

For example, we hold the original Ray Crooke painting, which became the iconic cover of Xavier Herbert's Poor Fellow, My Country. Similarly, we hold several works by Greg Rogers, whose distinctive art is used for many University of Queensland Press covers. Many artworks also form part of larger manuscript collections, such at the Daphne Mayo collection.

Browse our Australian art collections.