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Stratford Library

Branch Details

  • Monday - Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am - 12noon
  • 11 Kamerunga Road, Stratford, 4870
  • Phone: 4044 3733

Library Services

Stratford Library offers a full range of services including:

  • Access to six computers via a booking management system
  • Self-checkout machine
  • Photocopying
  • CD Select listening station
  • Meeting room
  • Dedicated youth and children's areas
  • Free WiFi

Baby Rhyme Time is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Storytime sessions are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please contact library staff to make a booking. For a full listing of all branches take a look at our Events Calendar.

A comfortable meeting room with state of the art air-conditioning is available for hire during and out of business hours seating up to forty people. Full details along with the terms and conditions are in our meeting room application form.

Stratford Library has 13,051 items in its collection including DVDs, CDs, newspapers and magazines. In 2014/15, 88,101 people visited the library, borrowed 119,570 items and placed 22,392 reservations.

History

The original Stratford Library operated on the site of the current building from 1956 until 2008. The old library was demolished and construction of the new facility commenced in September 2008. The new library was officially opened by the Mayor of Cairns Regional Council, Councillor Val Schier on 17 April 2009.

Features of the new building include utilisation of the latest information technology and library services in a contemporary setting; dedicated youth and children's areas and traditional library collections comprising the latest CDs, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, talking books, large print, and books for all ages and interests. A comfortable meeting room with state of the art air-conditioning is available for hire during and out of business hours seating up to forty people. A fully functional kitchen is also available for use.

The library features many elements which have minimised the environmental footprint of the building. These include north-east/south-west orientation picking up breezes and eliminating excessive sun on the glass with east facing windows. The glass in all the windows has a low-emissivity coating which controls heat transfer. The state of the art air conditioning system features ducts made from fabric, which is lighter than steel and did not require welding. In bright red fabric, the air conditioning ducts form a visually appealing statement across the ceiling. Carpet tiles are recyclable, eliminating wastage. All lighting is rated high efficiency fluorescent T5 and electronically ballasted which uses 30% less power.

Public artworks have been incorporated into the design of the building. The distinctive gates were designed by local artist and business owner Gianni Sabaini from "A Touch of Iron". All Gianni Sabaini's designs are one off productions; these gates are unique to the Stratford Library.

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