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1. Introduction

This manual has been produced primarily for staff of Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) participating libraries who use the resources and lending services provided by State Library of Queensland. It provides a range of information on how to operate a small public library.

The manual should be used in conjunction with the information and resources for public libraries provided elsewhere on the Public Libraries Connect website.

Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ)

Regional councils with populations under 15,000 are eligible to join RLQ. These libraries are operated by their local government council, subject to the terms of the Service Level Agreement entered into with the Library Board of Queensland. State Library provides an alternative to the cash grant given to independent local governments. Library stock and limited cash subsidies on approved miscellaneous expenditure are provided in lieu of the per capita grant. RLQ libraries range from remote single branch services such as Boulia and Thursday Island to larger multi branch services such as Goondiwindi, Maranoa and Mossman.

SLQ policies and agreements

State Library is based in Brisbane and serves the information and recreational needs of the whole state. The Cannon Hill facility is a section of the State Library.

  • Guidelines and standards for Queensland public libraries State Library coordinates the periodic review and development of standards and guidelines designed to assist Queensland public library staff and local governments in the planning and development of their library services.
  • Statistical bulletins Data provides state-wide benchmarking across key indicators for public libraries in Queensland.
  • Policies, standards and protocols Documents to assist public library staff in the day to day running of their library from developing strategic plans to managing volunteers.
  • Additional policies and guidelines for Australian Public Libraries can be accessed via the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) website.
Last updated
9th October 2019