Brisbane’s biggest suburban library is set to open its doors, with works now complete on the new Chermside Library and North Regional Business Centre.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the brand new complex would officially open its doors to the public on Saturday, 18 March with a special celebration.
“Council is committed to creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities for residents and the new and improved Chermside Library precinct will be an exciting new addition for the northside community,” Cr Quirk said.
“Hundreds of thousands of people are members of our network of 33 libraries, visiting them more than 6 million times and borrowing over 9 million items each year.
“Libraries have evolved since Chermside’s first community library in 1952 and Council is committed to ensuring this new facility will be a vibrant place for people to meet, connect and relax.”
Chairman for Lifestyle and Community Services, Cr Matthew Bourke said the new library was 50 per cent larger than the former library which was visited by nearly 500,000 people in one year.
“The new Chermside library is fitted out with world-class features including the largest dedicated children’s library in the city, innovative learning spaces, an interactive ‘Maker Space’ for learning through making, collaborative study areas and a 116 space basement car park,” Cr Bourke said.
“There will also be three meeting rooms available for the local community with a combined capacity for up to 200 people, including leading edge audio-visual equipment, a kitchenette in each room and secure after-hours access.
“The new precinct will be a one-stop-shop for residents and businesses, and the North Regional Business Centre is nearby for information and advice relating to licensing, permits, rates, local laws and compliance, account payments and animal registration.”
As part of the project, the intersection of Kittyhawk Drive and Hamilton Road, Chermside has also been upgraded to improve safety and efficiency for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Official opening celebrations will include cooking workshops, live entertainment, face painting, gardening workshops and virtual reality demonstrations.
The Chermside Library official opening will be held on Saturday 18 March, Hamilton Road, Chermside from 9am-4pm.
For more information contact Council 3403 8888 or visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.