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Libraries

Members' Reading Room

On the first floor, between the two chambers, lies the former Parliamentary Library, now known as the Members' Reading Room.  During parliamentary sittings, its use is reserved for Members only, allowing them to attend to other business while keeping in close proximity to the chamber.  The room contains bound copies of Queensland's Parliamentary Papers along with the Hansard debates of the Commonwealth and other states.  The Parliamentary Library outgrew the limited space allotted to it in the main building, and in 1979, moved to its present premises in the Parliamentary Annexe.

The library on the second floor houses the O'Donovan Collection.  Denis O'Donovan was the colony's parliamentary librarian between 1874 and 1901.  Over this period he compiled an encyclopaedic catalogue which was universally applauded as a scholarly work ranking with the best in the world.  This room still houses the many and rare valuable books contained in the O'Donovan Collection.