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Indigenous Knowledge Centres

Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs) are owned and operated by Indigenous Shire Councils.  Councils are responsible for the physical infrastructure, staffing and day to day operations of their IKC.  State Library of Queensland contributes financial support to Councils to assist with the operational costs of the IKCs including staffing, collections of library materials, professional development.  SLQ also collaborates closely with Indigenous Councils to provide guidance and assistance on programs, activities and events that could be delivered through IKCs.

Services provided by IKCs to the community are delivered at the discretion of Council and vary between IKCs, but may include:

  • Lending of items
  • Public access to Information Technology and devices
  • Public programs
  • Promotion of programs that encourage the capture and retention of traditional knowledge, culture and languages
  • Family history research
  • Preservation of materials

State Library currently supports 24 IKCs, operated by 12 Indigenous Shire Councils. The IKCs are located across Queensland from the Torres Straits and Cape York regions in the north to Cherbourg in the south.  The first council operated Indigenous Knowledge Centre was established in 2002, with State Library of Queensland assisting Councils to open, refurbish and relocate IKCs since that time.
State Library of Queensland operates the kuril dhagun Indigenous space, located in the Cultural Precinct, on Brisbane's South Bank.

A list of IKCs and their contact information is available on the Public Library Directory

IKC Catalogue

The IKC online catalogue provides 24/7 access to the resources and services of the Indigenous Knowledge Centres in the network. You can browse the full list of IKCs here. Library members can request items, renew loans and access online resources, including ebooks, downloadable audio books and online learning courses.

Guides for Users of the IKC Catalogue

Access these handy guides and links to assist library customers with searching the IKC online catalogue and downloading various eResources.

IKC Collections

A set of practical tip sheets for IKC Coordinators to step you through basic collection management.

Last updated
14th January 2016