In April 2015, the historic importance of the Cairns City Library was recognised with the building's inclusion in the ultimate international guide for Librarians - 1001 libraries to see before you die.
The list has been compiled by the Public Libraries Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), in an online initiative that brings together best practice examples of public library buildings and spaces from around the world. IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.
The City Library building was originally built as the Cairns City Council chambers and officially opened on the 11 August 1930. The distinctive architecture blend elements of classic Greek and colonial Queensland architecture. Extensive alterations were made during the 1960s and 1970s, before the building was re-designed and modified in the late 1990s. It reopened as the new City Library in 1999.
The Cairns City Library listing can be viewed on the 1001 libraries to see before you die website.