Burke Shire Library


The library is located in the Council Administration building in Musgrave Street, Burketown.


Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm


In the Council building and library, there are several pieces of the famous bush artist Eric Jolliffe's iconic work on display. These were bequeathed to Burketown by the artist and were saved from destruction when a fire destroyed the previous Council Chambers in the mid-1990s.


The Council library has a good range of sports gear for loan – drop into the library and ask for more information. Become a Library member today to be eligible to borrow our sports gear.


Access is available to the Internet (broadband), word processing and spreadsheet applications and a diverse range of online resources. Computers in the public area offer free access to the RLQ online catalogue and information services over the internet to residents of the shire. Fees apply – contact the library for more information. Seniors over 50 are free, through our Broadband for Seniors Programme


Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) is a partnership between the State Library and 30 local governments in Queensland. By sharing a common catalogue of more than 300,000 items, every resident of RLQ councils is able to view real-time location and availability data on all RLQ collections.


Burke Shire Council now has its own view of the RLQ.

Online Catalogue


Burke Shire has one branch that provides library services to over 500 residents and to visitors of the Shire. The Library provides residents with access to a wide range of resources to entertain, inform and assist in daily living, with collections for adults, youth and children.

Resources are available in a variety of formats including books, large print books, magazines, DVDs, and audiobooks suitable for all age groups. Language and literacy materials along with bookclub sets may be requested from State Library. Contact your local librarian for assistance.

Electronic resources such as eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, information databases, music and online training are all available to RLQ members via the online catalogue.


Library membership is free. To join the library, visit your local branch and provide proof of residential address. You will also need to agree to the library's terms and conditions. Children under 18 years must be joined by a parent or guardian who must show proof of current address.

Lending and returning Items

All new members receive a library card. The library card enables members to borrow books and items from all RLQ libraries and access their library account from anywhere at any time of the day.

Borrowing period is 28 days with no limit to the number of items that can be borrowed.

Items can be renewed once, as long as the item has not been reserved by another borrower. Members can renew their items through the online library catalogue, over the phone or in person at any of our library locations.

Reservations can be placed on items that are not currently available or that are held at other branches. To place a reservation, access the online library catalogue or ask library staff to help. Members can have up to five items reserved at any one time.

Library items can be returned to any library branch regardless of where they were borrowed. Most libraries have after-hours access chutes which can be used by members 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Lost library card

  • If you think you have lost your library membership card, or if it has been stolen, notify your branch library as soon as possible. Replacement cards are available.


Tourist library membership is free to anyone who is residing or travelling within Regional and Outback Queensland.

New tourist members may join the library service online and a card will be mailed to their home address or PO Box within 5 working days, alternatively, tourist members can also join in person at any branch of the RLQ. A list of RLQ libraries can be found in the. Public Libraries Directory

Children under 18 years must be joined by a parent or guardian who must show proof of current address.


Membership to Council's library is free; however, some fees may be added for additional services required.

  • Photocopying and printing - available for a fee
  • Binding - available for a fee
  • Laminating - available for a fee


Receive your overdue and reservation notices via email!

The library service offers customers with a valid email account the option to switch from paper to email notifications. To make the change simply contact your local library.


You may wish to borrow an item that is not held in an RLQ library. Search the State Library's OneSearch catalogue

If it is not available online, contact your local librarian for more assistance, who can arrange an inter-library loan on your behalf.

Your library, a space for entertainment, discovery and imagination.


Send feedback regarding the RLQ library service, via an online form. OR email pls@slq.qld.gov.au


via email office@burke.qld.gov.au or via phone 07 4745 5100.

Good Reading


Good Reading produces three book-related titles that I’m sure your library users will love, and all are included in the SLQ subscription:

  • Good Reading Resource Hub - GR contains over 50 new book reviews each month, along with author profiles, stories on writers’ houses, book trivia and literary quizzes, which makes the magazine everything about books! Readers also have access to bonus exclusive interviews and stories just for online subscribers.


(when you click on this link for the first time, please set up your personal account for the Good Reading Resource Hub by following the instructions in the dialogue box)

  • SpineOut: an inspiring online mag written by and for Young Adults. With reviews of new YA titles in every edition, it is the perfect place to find the next enthralling book to read. We welcome submissions from our teenage readers, such as short stories, poetry, art, short films or original music and publish a selection of these in every exciting issue!
  • PK mag: our latest digital magazine for Primary Kids. Like its big sister SpineOut, which is hugely popular with high school students, PK encourages students to submit their creative works and then experience the thrill of being published. We accept all kinds of submissions: short stories, poems, art, craft, reviews, musical performances, science projects and more. Featuring interviews with popular children’s authors, sporting heroes, and of course plenty of competitions, PK is a fun, funky, yet serious magazine out every two months.