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OPAL Program

The Online Public Access in Libraries (OPAL) Program provides $600,000 in funding annually towards a program of work which supports online access to information and resources for Queenslanders in or through public libraries. Through the OPAL Program, State Library is working with public libraries to accelerate the transition to digital modes of delivery to make content, services and programs accessible to everyone. This includes addressing barriers to access including digital literacy skills.

The intended outcomes of the OPAL Program are enhanced connectivity and access to information, expanded Queensland-specific content and increased digital literacies for Queenslanders. These aims will be achieved through four streams of funding:

OPAL Grants

Current Grants

Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant 2017

Grants of up to $25,000 per project have been awarded to 19 Councils to deliver strategic initiatives through public libraries across Queensland that:

  • reflect one or more of the themes outlined in The Next Horizon: Vision 2017 for Public Libraries: Creative community spaces; Connectors – physical and virtual; Technology trendsetters; Incubators of ideas, learning and innovation,
  • support the OPAL Program objectives through implementation of initiatives to accelerate the transition to digital modes of delivery to make content, services and programs accessible to everyone. This includes increasing access and digital literacy skills.

Some examples of suitable projects which may be funded under this program might include (but not be limited to):

  • Host an 'innovation sprint' by bringing together local business, design, science, education, and arts experts to mentor local aspiring innovators.
  • Partner with the local history community including Indigenous elders, museums and historical societies to develop dynamic programs that showcase local stories reflective of the community’s culture and context.
  • Set up a pop-up library that can be used at shopping centres, child care centres, festivals, local transport hubs.
  • Develop workshops and outreach programs which introduce experimental new technologies or concepts to disadvantaged community groups
  • Digitise a significant local historical collection, followed by the development of a suite of public programming which explores the digital content and encourages the development of new resources and knowledge based on the original materials.

Grants awarded   (PDF 394.9 KB)

You can find more great project ideas in the grant guidelines and on the Public Libraries Connect blog

The grant round closed at 5pm Tuesday 18 April.

Download the Grant Guidelines (DOC 114 KB | PDF 530 KB)

For more information contact Regional Partnerships Tel: 07 3842 9049, Email:

Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland 2017

2017 is the second year of the Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland program partnership between the Queensland Government (through State Library of Queensland) and Telstra, to deliver technology training to seniors through public libraries across Queensland.

The 2017 program aims to continue to encourage more seniors to embrace digital information technology. By participating in the program, it is expected that seniors will be assisted to get connected and participate in the online world, with the objective of increasing digital inclusion.

$250,000 ($150,000 from State Library and $100,000 from Telstra) will be available for Local Government library services to apply for a Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland grant through a competitive grants process.

Local Government library services can apply for Grant Funding of up to $15,000.

The grant round closed at 5pm Tuesday 18 April.

Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland Grant Guidelines

For more information on the program visit the Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland page on our website.

Past Grants

OPAL Grants 2012-2015

Stream: OPAL Grants
Amount: $200,000
Purpose: Grants to Councils to support the embedding of 21st century online services in public libraries.

OPAL Innovation

Stream:OPAL Innovation
Purpose: Partner projects with public libraries which promote the development of information-rich communities.

OPAL Learning

Stream: OPAL Learning
Amount: $100,000
Purpose: A professional development program to support capability development of public library staff, especially in digital literacies.

For more details on professional development available for Queensland public library staff through the 2016-17 OPAL Learning program, visit the Professional development training calendar.

Last updated
20th July 2017