The Warehouse is a purpose-built, environmentally-controlled facility, located at the UQ Gatton campus, that can store and protect hundreds of thousands of books, journals, documents, and archives. The facility is one of the largest University Library storage sites in Australia and provides over 33 kilometres of storage which could accommodate a row of books that stretched from the University's St Lucia campus to Ipswich.

About the Warehouse

Specialised storage and delivery

The Warehouse has regular and special motorised shelves for compact storage. Dedicated staff work on-site to maintain and organise currently more than 500,000 items stored there. More importantly, the staff fulfil your delivery and scanning requests. Library Warehouse (YouTube, 1m18s)

Items stored in the Warehouse

Items that are rarely used but are important to our collection are moved into the Warehouse. The Warehouse is an important part of the Library’s management and maintenance of the collection.

 total floor area 2696m2, usable floor area 2002m2, total length of bookshelves 33177.6m, total bookshelf height 3145mm, shelf height 375mm, shelf length 1200m, 8 shelves per bookshelf, aisle width 1240mm.

Find and request items

UQ staff and students can find and request warehouse items via Library Search. When you request items our Warehouse staff will retrieve the items. Copies will be sent to you electronically and items for loan will be delivered to your chosen pickup location.

Our fast and reliable UQ mail service pick up and deliver any physical items within 3 business days. You will receive an email notification when the item is available.

Journal articles

Email delivery

We scan journal articles and email the PDF scan within 5 working days.

  1. Search for the resource in Library Search
  2. Click on Check availability
  3. Click on Place a requestYou must be logged in to see this option.
  4. Complete the online form
  5. Click Submit

You can request the loan of journal volumes. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Book chapters

Email delivery

To get a scanned version of a chapter from a book located in the Warehouse:

  1. Find the book in Library Search to get the chapter details.
  2. Open our Book chapter request page and complete the form.
  3. Click Submit

A PDF of the scanned chapter will be emailed to you. See Request document delivery for more information about this service.

Books, maps and other physical items

Physical delivery

Place a request in your Library Search result. Warehouse items can take up to 3 days to reach St Lucia. It may take a day or so longer for other locations.

Place a request for a Warehouse item

Alumni, reciprocal and community borrowers

Request books, maps and other physical items by placing a request in your Library Search result.

You can request journal articles from the warehouse by emailing the details to circ@library.uq.edu.au. Please include the following details:

  • Journal Title
  • Article Title
  • Article Author
  • Volume
  • Issue
  • Publication Date
  • Page range
  • This copyright statement: I declare that: I am requesting this copy for the purpose of personal research or study; that I will not use this copy for any other purpose; and that I have not been previously supplied with a copy of the same part of this document.

See our Membership page if you would like to become a member of the Library.

Those who are not members of Library can request journal articles from the Warehouse through their local library or through the National Library of Australia's Copies Direct service.

The supply of journal articles is subject to Copyright.

Relocation of Warehouse items

Items which have come back into demand can be transferred out of the warehouse into one of our branch libraries at any time. Please contact the librarian team if this is required.