On 29 Apr 1902 the Public Library of Queensland was officially opened to the public. The Library was already in existence and had commenced on 16 Jan 1896 as the Brisbane Public Library. This name was changed in 1898 to the Public Library of Queensland. The name was not changed again until December 1971 when it became the State Library of Queensland.
Provision of libraries and library services for the people of Queensland including: reference and research; development of authoritative reference, historical, arts etc collections; provision of funding and other services to local public libraries
The "Libraries Act 1943" established the Library Board of Queensland to manage the operations of the Public Library of Queensland, and to coordinate and improve library facilities throughout Queensland.
In 1947 the position of State Librarian was created and James L. Stapleton was appointed Queensland's first State Librarian.
The "Libraries Act Amendment Act 1949" provided for the legal deposit of Queensland publications with the State Librarian. In December, WH Brown retired as Public Librarian of Queensland, and the position of Public Librarian was amalgamated with that of State Librarian.
In 1971 the departmental and staff structure of the library was remodelled, and then consisted of a Cataloguing Department, Acquisitions Department, Departmental Libraries Section, Reference Section, the Oxley Memorial Library, the Country Extension Service and the Queensland State Archives.
In 1972 a Public Libraries Service was established in conjunction with local authorities.
In 1976 two Assistant State Librarian positions were created: one responsible for user services, the other for resource development.
In 1988 the Library moved to its new building at South Bank, South Brisbane, opening its doors to the public in April. The "Libraries and Archives Act 1988" was passed and a new administrative structure with five divisions was introduced to reflect the new building's organisation.
Departmental libraries became the responsibility of their departments, rather than of the Library Board. The Library Board ceased responsibility for Queensland State Archives in 1991.
Chief Secretary 29 Apr 1902 - 22 Oct 1919
Premier and Chief Secretary 22 Oct 1919 - 8 Mar 1945
Minister for Public Instruction 8 Mar 1945 - 7 Mar 1945
Secretary for Public Instruction 7 Mar 1946 - 12 Aug 1957
Minister for Education 12 Aug 1957 - 17 Jan 1968
Minister for Education & Cultural Activities 17 Jan 1968
Minister for Culture, National Parks & Recreation 16 Dec 1977 - 23 Dec 1980
Minister for Tourism, National Parks, Sport and the Arts 23 Dec 1980 - 1 Dec 1986
Minister for the Arts 1 Dec 1986 - 19 Jan 1989
Minister for State Development and the Arts 19 Jan 1989 - 24 Sep 1992
Minister for the Arts 24 Sep 1992 -
Trustees of the Public Library of Queensland 29 Apr 1902 - 2 Aug 1906
John Oxley Library