The Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature



eZone 2, Level 1
Duhig Building (Building 2)
University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072

Contact Us
+61 7 3365 6236

Fryer Staff


The Fryer Library

The JD Fryer Memorial Library was founded in 1927 in honour of John Denis Fryer and provides a rich store of books, manuscripts, photographs, theses, architectural drawings, oral histories and much more. The Fryer Library's extensive collection of published and unpublished material focuses on Australian literature, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, Queensland history, art and architecture.

The Fryer Library is open to the public and the wider University community. We welcome students, academics, independent researchers and members of the general public to access our collections. 

The University of Queensland Archives

The University of Queensland Archives, mandated by University policy, holds the official records of the University which are of permanent and enduring value, supporting accountability, business needs and community expectations. The university archives records date from the establishment of the University in 1910, and from 1897 for Queensland Agricultural College, now UQ Gatton Campus. 


The Fryer Library Collection

The Fryer Library has diverse collections: everything from books to unpublished manuscripts, typewriters and cowbells. Read more about what we collect.

Search our Manuscript Collections Search to find something specific using the catalogue, Fryer finding aids or digitised material in the eSpace repository.

Browse our Manuscript Collections Browse collections to get an overview of the types of manuscript collections held at the Fryer Library.

View our online exhibitions Explore our featured digitised collections through online exhibitions. 


Items in the Fryer Library may not be borrowed but are available for use in the reading room. To view an item, use the online form and plan ahead for your visit. Contact us with any questions regarding your visit. Please follow our reading room guidelines when you visit the Fryer Library and ask for assistance at our service point in the reading room.

The University of Queensland Archives Collection

The University Archives permanent records include administrative records, student and staff records, committee minutes and papers.  Amongst some of the major holdings are minutes of the University of Queensland Senate, the Academic Board and its predecessors the Board of Faculties and the Professorial Board, and Faculty and school committees.  The University of Queensland Archives holds some significant photographic collections pertaining to the university along with an assortment of university related publications.

The archival holdings provide an authoritative and reliable source of information on the university and the people associated with it.  The main client groups are university staff and postgraduates, professional historians, researchers and heritage consultants. 


Archival records can be accessed by appointment.  Please direct enquiries to the University Archivist, Bruce Ibsen. Phone +61 07 33652918 or email Enquiries dealing with current administrative records should be directed to Records Management Services.

Selected Fryer & UQ Archives' digitised collections are also available in eSpace



Fryer reading room

The Fryer Library's F W Robinson reading room provides a dedicated space for clients to view our historical photographs, manuscripts, maps, realia, ephemera and rare printed collections. Library staff are also available to provide research assistance and answer any questions about items in our collection. Save time and plan your visit to Fryer.

Request items

Fryer's collections are housed in secure, climate controlled repositories. Material will be retrieved and made available upon request. Complete the online form ahead of your visit to ensure that requested items are available when you visit as some collections are held offsite. Find out more about requesting items.

Copying Service

The Fryer Library provides a copying service for unpublished and/or fragile material. Copies are provided in accordance with Australian copyright legislation. Find out more about making or requesting copies.

Special Collections Classes

Are you teaching history related or humanities courses? The Fryer library offers hands-on classes incorporating rare and unique collections to support your courses.

Citing Fryer material

You’ve used Fryer manuscript material in your research, and now you need to cite it. Find out more about what elements you need.


Changes to Fryer Library from October 2015

Due to building and construction works on levels 5 and 7 of the Duhig Building (building no. 2) over the coming months, there are some changes to access Fryer library materials and services in the period from October 2015 to late March 2016.

Temporary Fryer reading room relocation

From 23 November 2015 until 25 March 2016, the Fryer Library reading room will relocate to eZone 1 on level 1 of the Duhig building (building no.2), so we can continue to provide a service to clients during the construction of the new Centre for Digital Scholarship on level 5. Fryer staff will aim to provide a seamless service throughout this period and will work to ensure that the client experience continues to be a pleasant and productive one.

Fryer Collections

From mid-October, some Fryer collections will be relocated from the Duhig building to other storage, and longer retrieval times of up to 4 days will apply. Some materials will also be temporarily unavailable during the level 5 construction works. To ensure materials are available in time for your visit and to make access to our collections as smooth as possible, please complete the online request form at least 5 days in advance of your visit. 


The microfilm collection will also be temporarily unavailable during the relocation period. The State Library of Queensland holds a collection of microform, which could be accessed as an alternative.


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