Reading Room Bookings Jan - Dec 2022

Reading Room Bookings Jan - Dec 2022

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

About this event

COVID-19 safety measures


We recommend everyone in Queensland should keep a mask with them so that if you are in a situation where you may not be able to maintain physical distancing, you have some added protection.

Help reduce the spread of COVID-19

• If you’re sick, stay home. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.

• Find out more about how to protect yourself and others.

Bookings in the Reading Room

Pre-booked sessions are available at 9am-12.30pm and /or 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Monday-Friday and the second Saturday of each month.

Please be sure to read our frequently asked questions (below) 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:

  • Visitors must not be exhibiting any symptoms of cold, flu or illness.
  • Visitors must not have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 7 days.
  • Visitors, or their immediate household members, must not be awaiting test results for COVID-19.
  • Hands must be washed before entering the Reading Room.
  • No food or drink items can be brought inside QSA (bottled water is ok, but must be stored in a locker).
  • It is recommended that social distancing of 1.5m be maintained whilst moving around during your 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 workspaces.

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.

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

Yes, 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 Queensland Government recommendations.

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

Due to a limited number of researcher tables, only visitors with online bookings are permitted to use the Reading Room. If there are still available spaces, staff will assist you to book that day using this online form before entry. If all time slots are booked out for the day you will have to return when there is availability.

Which services will be available?

All services will remain available , including:

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

Will I be able to access original records?

Yes – records will be accessible to view in the Reading Room.

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 sanitising stations are set up at the entrance to QSA and inside the Reading Room. Visitors are asked to only use the supplied hand sanitiser which has been approved for record management purposes.
  • If you are handling original records, our first preference is clean, freshly washed hands, not sanitiser.
  • 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 may ask researchers to wear gloves in some circumstances.
  • Sneeze guards are installed at the reception, the archivist desk and between search terminals and microfilm readers.
  • Bins are located around the room for tissues, wipes and gloves disposal.
  • All surfaces will be wiped down after each use.
  • Researcher desks are reduced and spaced to accommodate appropriate distancing.
  • Distance dots on the floor will mark safe distances when lining up at the reception and archivist desks.

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 researchers 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 case changes occur to the booking.

Requirement to collection contact information for contact tracing:

QSA is required to collect contact information for all visitors for contact tracing purposes as per Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction (No. 2) | 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 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. Use the Request digital copy function within ArchivesSearch to order copies. Please note our ability to meet demand for digitisation requests may be impacted during restrictions.

Can I access online assistance from an Archivist?

Yes – please email enquiries to . 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

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