Brisbane Open House
Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Saturday // 10am to 5pm
General access and guided tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the award-winning State Library of Queensland building on Brisbane’s South Bank. As one of Australia’s major cultural collecting institutions, State Library is a place of experimentation, possibility and inclusion where knowledge empowers and diversity is celebrated.

Come and marvel at the trademark ‘sails’, the Red Box and the river decks and learn why it won state and national Royal Australian Institute of Architects Awards.

In 1988 State Library moved from its original home in Brisbane’s CBD to the Cultural Centre. More than a decade later architects Donovan Hill and Peddle Thorp redesigned the South Bank building creating beautiful innovative spaces where visitors can enjoy exhibitions, workshops and events. The opening of the newly redesigned building in 2006 allowed visitors to see the inner workings of State Library, providing easy access to collections and activities. From the magnificent Queensland Terrace with its tea cup cabinets to kuril dhagun’s Talking Circle, the State Library is a welcoming, creative space that aims to inspire possibilities through knowledge, stories and creativity.

Don’t forget to visit State Library’s The Edge — a community makerspace and resource hub for all things art, science, technology and enterprise.

What's Open

All front of house areas

Tour Information

Saturday Guided Tours
Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
Duration: 45mins


State Library of Queensland

1988: Original building // 2004–06: Refurbishment
Robin Gibson and Partners: Original building // Peddle Thorp Architects and Donovan Hill in association: Refurbishment