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Queensland State Archives presents

Reading Room Bookings

Please use this form to book your timed session to access records and use research facilities in our Reading Room.



About this Event




Queensland State Archives is now open to the public following the release of the government’s roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions. Measures are now in place to create a safe place to visit, and a safe workplace for our staff and volunteers. This includes limiting visitor numbers while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, to ensure social distancing and recommended hygiene measures. Pre-booked sessions are available at 9am-12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Monday-Friday and the second Saturday of each month from 8 August.

Please be sure to read our frequently asked questions about how you can continue to access Queensland government records whilst protecting our community’s health and well-being.

You must agree to the following conditions of entry in order to secure your booking.

We wish you, your family and your community all the best for good health and thank you for your patience and support during this time.




Our Conditions of Entry

  • Visitors must not have tested positive to COVID-19
  • Visitors must not be exhibiting any symptoms of cold, flu or illness
  • Visitors must not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Visitors, or their immediate household members, must not be awaiting test results for COVID-19
  • Visitors must not have travelled overseas in the past 14 days
  • Hands must be washed before entering the Reading Room
  • No food or drink items are to be brought inside QSA (bottled water is ok, but must be stored in a locker)
  • Social distancing of 1.5m must be maintained during the visit to QSA
  • Please bring your own pencil. Visitors are welcome to bring their own laptop or smart phone device to order records.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are sessions split between morning and afternoon?

QSA will close from 12.30-1.30pm each day to allow cleaners to clean all Reading Room work-spaces, lockers and toilets. Visitors are asked to go off site during this time frame.

Am I able to book a whole day?

You're welcome to book a morning and afternoon session in the same day, so long as there is availability. We ask that during the closure period of 12.30-1.30pm you vacate the premises.

If coming with a friend or partner do I need to make a separate booking to the Reading Room?

Yes. The booking system is in place to help us manage the number of people in the Reading Room and enable us to do contact tracing if required. As a result, all visitors to the Reading Room will need to book a session. Unless you are from the same household, social distancing requirements will need to be observed in line with QLD Government recommendations.

Can I just turn up on the day to access the Reading Room?

Due to limited numbers of visitors allowed at any one time, only visitors with online bookings are permitted to use the Reading Room. If there are still available spaces to book that day we can assist in completing this online form before entry. If all time slots are booked out for the day you will have to return when there is availability.

Will I be able to use the Reader’s Lounge facility for tea, coffee and food storage?

No – at this time the Reader’s Lounge will remain closed to the public. Visitors are requested to have their lunch off site and refrain from bringing food and drink inside QSA.

Which services will be available?

All services will remain available in a limited number due to social distancing measures. This includes:

  • Access to original records
  • Copying services
  • Use of microfilm readers
  • Use of search terminals

Will I be able to access original records?

Yes – open records will be accessible to view at the Reading Room. All original records accessed will then enter a 7-day period of quarantine before further access is granted. If your requested record is currently in quarantine, access is not available until after the 7-day period is finished.

What hygiene and social distancing practices will be in place?

For the health and safety of visitors and staff:

  • Visitors will be asked if they have COVID-19 symptoms and turned away if they display any of these symptoms
  • Hand sanitizing stations are set up at the entrance and inside the Reading Room. Visitors are asked to only use the supplied hand sanitisers which have been approved for record management purposes
  • If you are handling original records, our first preference is clean, freshly washed hands, not sanitizer
  • Visitors must sanitise their hands before using computers and microfilm readers, and wipe down these machines after use
  • QSA staff will be taking extra measures to protect the records and ask anyone using the finding aids to wear gloves
  • Sneeze guards are installed at the reception and archivist desks
  • Safety bins are installed around the Reading Room for tissues, wipes and glove disposal
  • All surfaces will be wiped down after each use
  • Researcher desks are reduced and spaced with to accommodate 4m2 per person
  • Distance dots on the floor will mark safe distances when lining up at the reception and archivist desks
  • QSA will be closed each day from 12.30-1.30pm to allow cleaners to clean all work stations, lockers and toilets

Can I use my own hand-sanitiser?

It is recommended that researchers handle original records with clean dry hands and don't sanitise their hands immediately prior to handling original records. QSA will provide wipes and hand sanitiser for researcher to use when not handling original records.

Do I have to provide personal contact information for the booking?

Yes. You will need to provide some contact information to confirm the booking and to assist us in contacting you in the case of booking changes. Queensland State Archives (QSA) is also required to collect the name, phone number and address of all visitors for the Reading Room for contact tracing purposes as per s362B of the Public Health Act 2005 and the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction. This information will be collected when you arrive at QSA.

Your personal information will be securely stored by QSA and destroyed after 56 days as specified in the above directive. QSA will not disclose your personal information to any other third parties nor use it for another purpose without your consent, unless required by law or requested by Queensland Health.

For more information, read the Queensland Government privacy statement.

Can I access QSA’s collection online?

You can still research and find records using our following online platforms:

How can I access original records online?

You can access digitised records or order a digital copy through our website. Please note that our ability to meet demand for digital copies and turnaround times for reference enquiries may be impacted during the current restrictions.

Can I still order digital copies of records that aren’t available online?

Yes - we will continue to provide digitisation services to the public at this time. You can request copies of archival records here.

Can I access online assistance from an Archivist?

Yes – please email enquiries to info@archives.qld.gov.au . All enquiries will be responded to by an Archivist. If you have questions about our changed services, please contact us on 3037 6777 or email info@archives.qld.gov.au.




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