Book the reading room

Use the reading room to:

  • access original records
  • copy records
  • speak to an Archivist
  • use microfilm readers
  • use search computers.

When visiting the Reading Room, we recommend that you book ahead via Eventbrite. You can also pre-order items so they're available on your arrival.

Opening hours

The Reading Room is open:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am–4.30pm
  • the second Saturday of each month, 9am–4.30pm.

The Reading Room is not open on public holidays or during the Christmas to New Year holiday period.

The Reading Room also closes daily from 12.30pm–1.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend the foyer exhibition and use the Reader’s Lounge during this time.


The Reading Room is equipped with:

  • touchscreen computers to access catalogueonline indexes and other finding aids and resources
  • power outlets on desks for personal devices
  • free Wi-Fi
  • microfilm copying machines (you are able to use your own USB or you can purchase one on-site)
  • large-screen digital map reader
  • a Reader's Lounge with tea and coffee facilities as well as a refrigerator and microwave
  • an undercover outdoor courtyard.​
  • free undercover parking
  • lockers to safely store bags
  • wheelchair access to all public areas.

We also have several hygiene measures, including:

  • hand sanitising stations at the entrance and inside the Reading Room
  • sneeze guards installed at the reception and archivist desks
  • safety bins around the Reading Room for tissues, wipes and glove disposal
  • desks spaced apart
  • daily cleaning of public areas between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

When you visit the Reading Room, we ask that you wash your hands with soap and dry them before using the computers, microfilm readers and original records, and wipe down the machines after you use them.

We ask that you do not use your own hand sanitiser as this could damage original records.

Online access

You can also access some services online:


Contact us if you have a research enquiry or need more information about visiting Queensland State Archives.