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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.
  • 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. Support is available for viewers and library staff.
  • 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.
  • TumbleBooks : premium collection has nearly 1000 titles and is perfect for young children. Listen and watch animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, playlists, books in languages other than English such as French and Spanish, graphic novels and math stories.  Read a review, write a book report and play games. Select Tumble Admin from the homepage for support materials.

Online catalogue records

Take the guesswork out of finding ebooks. Integrate ebooks with print titles by adding marc records to your public library catalogue. Your customers will access your eresources seamlessly. Marc records available for download.

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:


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.

Database authentication (barcode ranges and IP addresses)

Changes/edits to IP/Barcode ranges – State Library needs this information in order to ensure that access to the databases for public libraries in Queensland is as seamless as possible for you and your clients. We will ensure that database vendors are advised of any updates.

Last updated
31st May 2019