Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Libguides: Home

The Library Webpage of Brisbane Grammar School

National Year of Reading

eBooks and Audiobooks

Click the icon below to download ebooks and audiobooks.

BGS Digital Collection


Click on a book title in our Library catalogue to see other similar titles and the books on the shelves around it.

Library Catalogue

Search the BGS Library Catalogue


Or choose the full BGS Library Catalogue for extra features.

Inside a Dog

inside a dog is a place for teen readers. Here you can:

BGS Student Requests

Books, Civilization and Humanity

"Books are the carriers of civilization.  Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change..., windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time.

They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind.

Books are humanity in print."

Barbara W. Tuchman, historian and Pulitzer Prize winner

“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy.” 

Germaine Greer.


“Books are the threads from which the fabric of our culture and civilisation are woven” 

Richard W. Clement.


“Come, and take choice of all my library, and so beguile your sorrow.” 

William Shakespeare.

“It is difficult now to imagine how some of the great turning points in Western history could have been achieved without [the book].

The Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment all relied on the printed word for their spread and permanent influence. For two and a half millennia, humanity used the book, in its manuscript or printed form, to record, to administer, to worship and to educate.”

 Martyn Lyon

Book Reviews from BGS Students and Staff

Browse here for book recomendations from other boys at BGS.

The Gathering

Recommended Read!

If you enjoyed The Hunger Games,
you will love Divergent!!

‘Divergent’ Returns to the New York Times’ Best-Seller List

The 2011 release of Veronica Roth‘s debut novel, Divergent, was so successful that it spent eleven straight weeks on the New York Times‘ bestseller list following its release.

A movie of the the book is already in the planning stages, and the second book in the trilogy, Insurgent, is due for release later this year.

"One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature."

(Book synopsis from

Book Sculptures


Nicholas Jones

What will happen to print books in the future?  Will they become a luxury item due to the cost of producing them? 

Artists Brian Dettmer and Nicholas Jones and others have created beautitul and captivating works of art using discarded print books. See their websites for more astonishing images.


Brian Dettmer


Anonymous book sculptures


Brian Dettmer