Council completes final stages of Garden City Library upgrade

Council is completing the finishing touches on its $4 million transformation of the Garden City Library, with works on track to be completed mid-year.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Garden City Library would relocate within the Westfield Shopping Centre and undergo a makeover to enhance accessibility and provide new spaces for people of all ages and abilities to read, work and play.

“Libraries are no longer just places to read or borrow books, they have become integral to our smart-thinking, easy-living New World City, providing opportunities for learning, recreational reading and cultural activities,” Cr Quirk said.

“Garden City Library has been operating for nearly 50 years and from its current premises since 1996, where it is now visited by more than 520,000 people every year.

“Council’s upgrade will provide a larger, more modern environment to cater for current and future demand and will include a parents’ facility, internet and WiFi desks, wheelchair lift and hearing loops in the meeting rooms.

“Residents can also expect a more vibrant facility featuring more than 70,000 items, a dedicated lounge for Languages Other Than English (LOTE) collections in eight languages, and a colourful children’s library and learning space.

“The upgraded library will also cater to community groups, with three library meeting rooms, audio-visual equipment, kitchenettes and secure after-hours access.”

Lifestyle and Community Services Chairman Matthew Bourke said the library would need to be temporarily closed from July 10 until the end of July to complete the last stage of construction.

“Residents will still be able to return the borrowed items to Garden City Library while it is closed, or can visit the nearby Mt Gravatt and Coopers Plains libraries to borrow new items,” Cr Bourke said.

“Council is committed to delivering new and exciting lifestyle opportunities for residents within our Council libraries by ensuring our facilities are vibrant, community hubs catering to a range of interests.

“Brisbane is home to 33 libraries, with each and every one representing an important part of the community, and Council will ensure residents are able to continue borrowing from our collection while Garden City Library is temporarily closed.

“I thank the community for their patience while Council completes the finishing touches of the Garden City Library upgrade, and look forward to seeing even more people enjoying the world-class facility once it is completed mid-year.”