A new chapter has been written in Gordonvale Library’s story, with the refurbished community building officially re-opening today.
Division 1 Councillor Brett Moller was joined by two long-time library members to cut the cake at the new-look library, marking the completion of the $647,000 upgrade.
“The new layout provides a much more efficient and dynamic space for library users,” Cr Moller said. “Everything has been improved; the carpet and ceilings have been replaced, accessibility features have been added, internal pillars have been removed to open it up, and there is more technology available.”
Four new PCs have been added for public use, including two dedicated children’s computers.
“There is also a new technology bench, where members can set up their own laptops or tablets with charging points to make use of the free community wi-fi,” Cr Moller said.
“The new meeting room is equipped with teleconference facilities and this is available for community use. Not-for-profit groups can hire the room free of charge.
“A self-check system has been added to make borrowing quicker and easier than ever and even the return chute has gone high-tech, with a scanner installed to make it more secure.”
Inside the library, photographic wallpaper, some depicting local scenes, adorn internal walls to add to the community feel that has always existed at the library.
The exterior of the building has been rendered and landscaping added to complete the project.
Cr Moller said he was already receiving positive feedback about the refurbishment.
“We’ve already had a steady stream of visitors through the doors and the new look is making a great impression,” he said. “I’d like to thank residents for their patience during the upgrade and welcome them back to their all-new library.”
Mayor Bob Manning said libraries continued to be information and recreation hubs for the community, despite changing technology.
“Cairns Libraries has more than 100,000 members and a higher rate of membership per capita than most of Queensland,” Cr Manning said. “As the community’s needs have changed, so too have our libraries, incorporating technology and access to resources like online ancestry tools, e-books and face-to-face educational workshops.
“We know that our libraries are valued by our community and that’s why we continue to invest in these wonderful assets.”
All members have access to more than 140,000 items for borrowing across the Cairns Libraries catalogue, including books, magazines and DVDs.
ABOUT GORDONVALE LIBRARY
The library opened on 19 February 1954, replacing the old School of Arts, which had been constructed in 1900. At the time, it was the main library for Mulgrave Shire Council and consisted of two outdoor reading rooms – one for adults and one for children.
In 1996, a Council Customer Service Office, meeting room and Councillor Office were added but improvements to the library itself were not included.
The library receives around 65,000 visitors a year and stocks more than 7000 items.
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