One of Cairns’ busiest library branches is getting a makeover, with a refurbishment of Manunda Library to start today.
The library will remain open while upgrades are carried out inside the library, which is located within Raintrees Shopping Centre.
The branch will receive a fresh coat of paint, new carpet and a combination of re-upholstered and new furniture.
Mayor Bob Manning said the library was visited by more than 180,000 patrons in the last financial year.
“This branch is particularly popular with schoolkids, who come in to use the computers and other resources after school or join in the school holiday activities,” he said.
The library features 25 public computers, free wifi access, meeting rooms that are available for use by community groups, and a children’s area that hosts monthly Storytime and Baby Rhyme Time sessions. The branch stocks around 16,000 items for loan, with access to Cairns Libraries’ entire catalogue.
“Our libraries are so important to our community and it’s important that we keep them comfortable and inviting for visitors,” Cr Manning said.
The refurbishment starts today (Tuesday) and will carry over into the new year, with completion expected in February. The library will remain open during this time.
Work will be carried out in stages to minimise the impact on library patrons, however there may be some disruptions to services. Cairns Regional Council appreciates the patience of library users during these works and apologises for any inconvenience caused.
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