Science Library


This page opens access to a variety of documents, photos and audio-visuals with science-relevant and Queensland-relevant content. It is at an early stage of construction.

Material posted here is preserved for posterity not only by the Society but via PANDORA, Australia’s web archive, which stores substantive websites on rotation. This wonderful service, an element of Australia’s information infrastructure, aims to archive valuable information that otherwise might vanish when websites are updated. Captured versions of the Society’s website from June 2015 – 2018 can be viewed at  The site is scheduled for annual gathering every June.

Inquirers seeking general scientific information should visit the website of the Queensland Science Network which also has a Resources depository.

Royal Society’s Physical Library

In exchange for its Proceedings, the Society receives publications from all parts of the world and has, by this means, assembled a very important collection of scientific literature, containing some 20,000 volumes, now housed in the Queensland Museum Library. Supplemented by donations from members over more than 100 years, it is a significant scholarly resource and is rich in materials from early settler Australia. Members are welcome to visit this library and to borrow, by arrangement with the Society’s Honorary Librarian, contactable via Queensland Museum. An index to the collection is available in Excel.

Corner of Grey & Melbourne Sts, South Brisbane See Map

Open 9:30am to 5:00pm (special hours on holidays)


Images of science-related subjects in Queensland are available on a new page (under construction). Some images are paywalled, some are free of charge.


Members’ Collections

Professional scientists, especially those well advanced in their career or of retirement age, tend to accumulate quantities of unpublished data, field notes, experimental observations, articles and reports. Members are invited to scan copies of material that is not otherwise readily accessible and is likely to have some enduring value for lodgement on this page. The page will be moderated so that members can have the benefit of a second opinion as to what is likely to have “enduring value”.

They can be viewed here.

Queensland Government Publications

This page offers a repository for science-related Queensland Government publications that might otherwise be lost. Reports of scientific grant projects, heritage studies, departmental strategies that are not subject to Cabinet confidentiality, data sets, ‘grey literature’ and more may be posted here. This page is at an early stage of development.

They can be viewed here.