Temporary closure: The Library will be closed until Monday 7 February 2022, reopening on Tuesday 8 February 2022. If you would like to make an appointment please contact us.
QAGOMA's Research Library has an extensive collection of art resources that can be enjoyed by visitors to the Gallery. We hold over 50 000 books and exhibition catalogues and close to 250 current journal titles.
Our collections support the Gallery's Collection, exhibitions and programs. We collect resources on Australian art, especially Indigenous Australian art and Queensland art, and contemporary Asian and Pacific art. We also hold a selection of resources on international art.
The Library's collection can be searched online. Our general collection is accessible during Library opening hours. Access to the special and archival collections is by appointment only.
We suggest researchers and post-graduate students contact us before their visit to ensure material is available.
We recommend teachers encourage students doing general art assignments to use their own school, university or TAFE library as well as the State Library of Queensland. Teachers who are setting assignments based on the Gallery's Collection or exhibitions can use the Library's resources by appointment.
Cultural sensitivity warning
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the Library holds material that contains the names and images of deceased persons as well as content that may be culturally sensitive. Please be aware that some publications and records contain terms and descriptions that reflect the attitudes of authors and the period in which they were written and may be considered inappropriate today.
ASIAN & PACIFIC ART
The Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA) supports an extensive collection of Asian and Pacific art resources in the QAGOMA Research Library with a growing collection of some 16 000 items.
The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) Exhibition Archive includes an extensive collection of material for each APT from 1993.
THE 8TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART (2015)
THE 7TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART (2012)
THE 6TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART (2009)
THE 5TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART (2006)
THE 4TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART (2002)
THE 3RD ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART (1999)
THE 2ND ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART (1996)
THE 1ST ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART (1993)
We welcome donations of material about art and artists from Asia and the Pacific. Please contact us to discuss potential gifts.
The Library holds a number of special collections including:
- Alan Young Film Library
- James C Sourris, AM, Collection of Rare Books
- Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Collection
- Lilian Pedersen Collection
- Patrick Corrigan, AM
- Peter Tyndall and Robert MacPherson Correspondence Archive 1979–2014
- Wallent Collection
Collection Artist Files
The Research Library holds files on artists whose works are represented in the Gallery's Collection and include small exhibition catalogues, exhibition invitations, biographies and newspaper articles.
Documentation about artworks acquired by the Gallery is also available on Collection Search.
A wealth of documentation from 1959 exists on the Gallery's exhibitions, including Children's Art Centre projects. The archive includes printed and digital publications, photography, newspaper articles, promotional materials, posters and other ephemera.
Queensland art and artists resources
Art Prize Exhibitions in Brisbane, 1950–1975 Database
Find out about art prize exhibitions in Brisbane from 1950–1975 using this database.
Jon Molvig Project Database
Search Brisbane artist Jon Molvig’s (1923-70) artworks using this database.
Queensland Visual Arts Online
Discover past regional exhibitions from 2000 to 2005 which showcase Queensland arts and culture created with regional Queensland partners:
See past exhibitions listed on this site.
Conditions of Entry
Due to space restrictions, it is not possible to host large groups in the Research Library. Laptops, notebooks or mobile devices can be used and free WiFi is available throughout QAGOMA.
While using the QAGOMA Research Library, we request that all visitors observe the following conditions:
- Please treat staff and other visitors with courtesy and respect at all times
- Bags, backpacks, briefcases, coats, umbrellas, helmets, food, water or enclosed containers must be deposited in the cloakroom at the entrance of GOMA before coming to the Research Library
- Laptops, notebooks or mobile devices can be used in the Library. However, please do not talk loudly on a mobile phone while in the Library
- Do not smoke, eat, drink or talk loudly in the Library
- Do not bring in or use scissors, sticky tape, staplers or glue in the Library
- Write only with a pencil when using archival material
- Please handle all materials carefully. Any damage found in materials issued should be reported to Library staff
- Do not rearrange or interfere in any way with the order of archival material
- Where appropriate, the Library requires that a copy of any book, journal article or other 'final product' which has appeared as a result of substantial use of QAGOMA material be deposited in the Research Library
- Where research at the Library results in publication based partly or wholly on Gallery records, and permission has been obtained for quotation, please acknowledge the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Research Library