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City Library

  • Monday - Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 12noon
  • 151 Abbott Street, Cairns, 4870
  • Phone: 4044 3720


  • Access to the internet and free WiFi.
  • Self-service facilities.
  • Reference, Local history & Family history collections.
  • Baby Rhyme Time sessions are held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10am.
  • Storytime sessions are held every Wednesday at 10am.
  • Meeting rooms available for use.


The City Library is located in the Cairns CBD and has a rich history. The building, which is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, was constructed in 1929 and served as Cairns City Council's Chambers until Council moved to new premises in 1998.

A special feature at the City Library is the Literary Trail, a display of public artworks completed in 1999 by local artists. Follow the Literary trail as you walk around the gardens of the library.

The City Library is also home to the Cairns' Sister Cities display which includes an interactive touchscreen or visit the Council website.