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Part of the Public Libraries Grant scheme provides Queensland public libraries with access to eresources that are not available through Google or other free search engines.

Access to these eresources is available to any public library member in Queensland using a library membership barcode and clicking on the links below.

Access to all eresources

Through State Library, Queenslanders have access to a large number of authoritative eresources which can be used to find information on a broad range of topics. Much of the information in the eresources is not available freely elsewhere on the web. State Library also provides access to over 100,000 ebooks and a large number of archived websites. Join State Library to access a wide range of offsite databases or browse the OneSearch catalogue to begin your search.

Queensland state-wide eresources

  • Ancestry Library Edition: Family history and genealogy resource. Search census and vital records, immigration and military records, family histories, historical maps and more. Onsite access only at every public library in Queensland. Product support material for libraries available from Proquest. Library guides. Ancestry is one resource for researchers. To learn more, access State Library’s Family History services as well as links to genealogical eresources and internet sites.
    Tips on using ALE: Basic tips and hints, Ancestry matters and Ancestry Nov 2015.
  • Animalia: Animalia (Library Edition) is an exciting and engaging interactive computer-based literacy resource based on the well-known children’s book by Graeme Base. It is designed to complement the book with digital read-throughs and activities at different levels focusing on literacy and language for children aged 5-12. This product includes unlimited remote access. Comprehensive FAQs and help pages provide all the information you need.
  • AustLit: a non-profit collaboration between several Australian Universities and the National Library of Australia. It provides authoritative information on creative and critical Australian literature works. Its coverage spans 1780 to the present day. Access is provided via each public library’s catalogue record that requires a user to log in before they can click on an access link. How to search AustLit. AustLit also features BlackWords: the most comprehensive record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander publications available, covering all forms of creative writing, plus film, television, criticism and scholarship. How to search BlackWords.
  • Kanopy: on-demand streaming video service that provides access to a large collection of movies, independent films and documentaries. Access is via a website browser and mobile device apps.  Features include captions, transcripts, multilingual options, clip creation, and playlist creation. Marc records are provided for the films and approx. 200 films are added to the service each month.  Performance rights are included in the subscription, so that films can be streamed to an audience.  The Kanopy service responds to the connectivity speed of the end user and delivers high to low resolution streaming based on local connections. Read the Library support materials page for more information on how to access Kanopy resources.
  • Create your own profile to access over 3,000 online courses and 136,000 video tutorials on business, software, education, technology and creative skills. New courses are added regularly. Use on your desktop or download the app and view from your favourite device. View this video and the information below it to get started and learn more about Do you require assistance? Read the Library support materials page for more information on how to access the resources.
  • National Geographic Virtual Library: This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic Magazine, every page of every issue; from 1888 – current (one month embargo) along with the Magazine Archive; a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, images, maps and videos as well as National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 to the present make up the People Animals and the World (PAW) collection. Use the plan your next adventure video for promotion. The final part of this collection is comprised of the National Geographic Kids Magazine, from 2009-present (3-month embargo), along with a selection of National Geographic books, images and multimedia.  This collection can be accessed via a separate link to the other National Geographic collections which is useful if your library has dedicated children’s computers. This product includes unlimited remote access. Read the library support materials page for more information about NGVL resources.

Useful websites

Health information

ABC Health

Latest news from the ABC and an A to Z library of topics relevant to Australians.

Cochrane Library

A regularly updated online resource containing a collection of evidence-based databases. Reviews of different treatments feature a Plain Language Summary, with the aim of making the information accessible to everyone. All Australians have free access to the Cochrane Library as a result of the Australian Government funding a national subscription.

Legal information free to Queenslanders

Legal Aid Queensland’s free legal information publications are available online or hard copy. The factsheets and guides have lots of useful legal information on a range of common legal issues:


Statistics-RLQ eresources

Trials and evaluations

To suggest an eResource, catalogue enhancement or discovery aid that may be suitable for purchase or trial for Queensland public libraries, please complete the eResource suggestion form.

To send feedback regarding an eresource being evaluated for renewal or a new product on trial, please complete the eResource Evaluation form.

Training and promotion

For further assistance or training for public library staff contact State Library for details on vendor tutorials, web conference tutorials or individual training support. Want to learn more about eresources? Try these tools & tutorials.

Last updated
20th January 2020