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Where's the Best Library in Brisbane?

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by Katie E (subscribe)
A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Published April 14th 2014
Here in Brisbane we are exceptionally lucky to have a huge choice of libraries to visit. Libraries are no longer just for books; instead they have become dynamic community hubs offering a whole range of interactive services.

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The State Library of Queensland is one of the state's oldest libraries. It's wealth of resources extends beyond books to artworks, historical documents, indigenous, online and digital resources. The State Library's real strength however, is in sharing resources with people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. So many different events, activities and exhibitions are held to encourage the community to connect with this library. The best part is that most of these are free. Its beautiful riverside location is a huge drawcard, along with its adjoining café and bookstore.

4Senses: a multisensory live gig making music accessible to everyone presented at SLQ, image courtesy of State Library of Queensland

Brisbane City council runs 33 libraries throughout the city along with a mobile library service. You can read Weekend Notes writers' reviews for Brisbane Square, Carindale and Chermside libraries. There is a wonderful program of events organised, including children's story time both in English and in other languages, digital resource workshops, author talks, craft activities and lifestyle workshops. Opening hours and facilities at individual locations vary. Check the Brisbane City Council website for further details.

Sunnybank Hills library - Brisbane Digitial Hub
Digital workshops are regularly held at Brisbane suburban libraries for beginers and experts

Regional councils bordering Brisbane also hold their own. Moreton Bay, Redlands, Ipswich and Logan have some great libraries too. Weekend Notes writer Chrystal Byrne has previously reviewed Kallangur, Strathpine and Woodford libraries. Past events conducted include school holiday programs, author talks, book clubs, second hand book fairs and homework help. Check the council websites for details of locations, opening hours, events and services available at individual libraries.

Sunnybank Hills library
Many libraries have a dedicated children's area full of books, games, toys and storytime fun

There are also specialist libraries such as university or historical society libraries. These places are great for specialist information or resources. The University of Queensland is one such place which has a number of libraries that offer services to the general public and are open to visitors from outside of the university.

Where is your favourite Brisbane library? Which library services or facilities do you get most use of? What do you love about your local library? Please leave your comments below to share with other Weekend Notes readers.
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Ashgrove is awful, tiny kids reading space out of stock of videos, the only good thing is the park playground outside... If you are in the area better try the Mitchelton library
by Pipl (score: 0|3) 2454 days ago
by Barbara (score: 0|2) 2462 days ago
Ipswich library has 2 floors of books, the most unbelievable selection of French movies and a good variety of general dvd's. The 3rd floor which is really a Mezzanine level is a quiet area where you will find newspapers etc and comfy chairs with a lovely view out to Queens Park and beyond. On the ground floor there is a section where for an hour you can hop onto the computers for free for 1 hour if you a member of the library. Comfy chairs are scattered throughout and study spaces away from the kiddie department make it a perfect zone to study .The staff are absolutely lovely and happy to help. A little treasure worth investigating. Cheers Caz
by cazza (score: 1|22) 2451 days ago
BCC library in Ashgrove.
by annel (score: 0|3) 2457 days ago

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