Science Library

Science Library

This page opens access to a wide variety of documents with science-relevant and Queensland-relevant content.

Royal Society’s Physical Library

In exchange for the 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. Members are welcome to visit this library, by arrangement with the Librarian, Queensland Museum.

Corner of Grey & Melbourne Sts, South Brisbane
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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scientists, especially those well advanced in their career or of retirement age, tend to accumulate quantities of unpublished data, field notes, experimental observations, articles and reports.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.

On-Line Science Library

This page presents access to a new digital library. Material which is readily available from other mainstream sources such as departmental websites or the indexed academic literature will generally not be reproduced here. Some material will be accessed here by links to government or university sites, libraries or other collections; some will be posted directly as digital files.

The main criteria for inclusion are:

  • content relevant to the natural and physical sciences – mainly technical, interpretative or policy-orientated;
  • geographic scope Queensland, or establishes a Queensland-relevant context;
  • not readily available elsewhere, or not widely known, or not otherwise available online.

The site will include technical reports such as environmental impact studies that are not destined for formal publication or that could be lost when web pages are restructured. Dissertations especially resulting from honours or masters degrees that are unlikely to enter the peer-reviewed literature are also welcomed.

Authors and webmasters are warmly invited to provide copies of documents that may fall within the scope of this index. The page cannot bypass confidentiality or copyright restrictions, but restricted documents may be indexed without being posted in full text online.

Queensland Government Publications

This page includes 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.

They can be viewed here.