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.


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.

Access this collection through the Library's online catalogue or by making an appointment.

We welcome donations of material about art and artists from Asia and the Pacific. Please contact us to discuss potential gifts.



Library Guides

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.

Exhibition Archive

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.

Access these collections through the Library's online catalogue or by making an appointment.

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.

Hiroshi Sugimoto ‘Sea of Buddha’, 1997

Hiroshi Sugimoto Sea of Buddha (1997) rare book from the ACAPA Archives, Research Library.

Alan Young Film Library

Alan Young Film Library.

GOMA Research Library resources

GOMA Research Library resources.

Installation view of the Australian Collection

Installation view of the Australian Collection / Queensland Art Gallery.

Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Special Collection, Research Library

Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Special Collection, Research Library .


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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:

Library APT Resource Material

Library APT Resource Material View full image