Council completes final stages of New Farm library upgrade

Council is completing the finishing touches on its $2.5 million transformation of the New Farm Library, with works on track to be completed mid-year.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the upgrade would 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.

“New Farm Library has been operating for 43 years and now welcomes more than 116,000 people through the door every year.

“Council is now undertaking the library’s first major makeover in more than 20 years, which will make it more accessible and provide a new outdoor terrace, children’s space, a reading area overlooking New Farm Park as well as upgrades to the toilet facilities.

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

“Residents will still be able to return their borrowed items via the after-hours returns facility and will be able to continue borrowing from Council’s collection at nearby Brisbane Square, Hamilton or Grange libraries.

“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,” Cr Bourke said.

“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 New Farm Library is temporarily closed.

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

For more information on Council libraries, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.