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Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ)

Rural Libraries Queensland (formerly known as The Country Lending Service) represents a collaboration between local governments and State Library of Queensland to provide high quality public library services to rural Queensland.

Regional councils with populations under 15,000 are eligible to join RLQ. These libraries are controlled by the local regional council, subject to the terms of the Service Level Agreement entered into with the Library Board of Queensland.

State Library of Queensland provides an alternative to the cash grant given to independent local governments.  Library stock and limited cash subsidies are provided in lieu of the per capita grant.  Examples of RLQ libraries include Winton, Thursday Island, Tambo, Cooktown and Boulia.  A full list of RLQ libraries can be found in the Directory of Public Libraries.

Rural Libraries Queensland Catalogue

The RLQ online catalogue provides 24/7 access to the resources and services of the 28 participating councils in the network. Library members can request items, renew loans and access online resources, including ebooks, emagazines, downloadable audio books and music.

Guides for Users of the Rural Libraries Queensland Catalogue

Access these handy guides to assist library customers with searching the RLQ online catalogue and downloading various eResources.

RLQ Membership

Join RLQ! There are several types of memberships available including online only, tourist members and kids only. The network covers 73% of the state and services over 120,000 residents.

Aurora Desktop tips & tricks

A set of practical tip sheets to step you through basic Aurora procedures.


rlq (Rural Libraries Queensland) is a discussion list for issues specifically relating to rural Public Libraries. It is a forum for communication of operational, functional and regional community related topics.
RLQ news is a monthly newsletter that is a shared space for Aurora developments, promotion ideas and RLQ updates.

RLQ and IKC collection service offer

Information about the number and type of physical collections supplied to RLQ and IKC libraries, including the range of Statewide collections acquired for all Queensland public libraries.

eResources for RLQ

eLearning resources, eaudiobooks, downloadable music, ebooks, evideo and emagazines available to RLQ library members.

eResources for kids

eAudio, eBooks and eMagazines just for kids and teens.

Exchange calendar

State Library of Queensland provides the Exchange Calendar to allow libraries to keep track of when their exchange is due, and when to expect the next intake of stock.

Getting it there

This page has all the details of moving stock around, postage labels and postal accounts.

Manual for Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) libraries

A set of procedures for the management of Public Libraries participating in the Rural Libraries Queensland service provided by the State Library of Queensland.


Answers to common questions and issues that occur in Rural Libraries Queensland libraries (including using Aurora).

RLQ Forms & Templates

A set of forms for Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) library staff use when requesting information and resources from the State Library of Queensland. Templates for various tools to assist you in managing your RLQ library are included. Create your own documentation using these templates as a guide.

RLQ Funding

Rural Libraries Queensland libraries automatically receive funding each year to spend on magazine subscriptions, library equipment and furniture, computer equipment etc.

Last updated
11th September 2019