You can do so much more at your local Brisbane City Council library than just borrowing books!

There are book clubs, reading programs for kids, computer training for those who need help with tech, and events and workshops.

Along with books, you can access music, eBooks, magazines. movies and much more.

For the city’s littlest readers, there is the Gold Star and Little Stars Reading Club programs.

If you are a non-profit community group or organisation that needs space for meetings or functions, you can access meeting rooms at selected libraries for free.

For those who need access to the internet, for either work or study you can book a computer or bring along your own wireless enabled laptop to get online.

At the Carindale and Chermside libraries you can even digitise your memories from cassettes, film negatives, floppy discs, slides, historical documents and photographs using media conversion stations.


Artist Impression – Zillmere Library (Source: Brisbane City Council)

Brisbane Now spoke to Councillor for the Deagon Ward, Jared Cassidy recently about the Zillmere Library which is getting a massive upgrade.

Councillor Cassidy, thanks for speaking with us. How do you think these upgrades will benefit the Zillmere community?

These long awaited refurbishment works will see a number of improvements to the Zillmere Library, making the space more accessible, upgrading the onsite toilets and of course, revamping the internal and external fit-out. 

The Zillmere Library has been in operation at the corner of Jennings Street for over 50 years, and with the facility last upgraded in early 2008, it’s great to see our local campaign deliver a positive outcome for locals. 

Can you give us any hints about what might be included in the new children’s area?

The new dedicated children’s area is exciting news especially for those participating in the library’s popular Little Star and Gold Start Reading programs. 

While we’re yet to have details of the new space, the changes are informed by customer feedback and the experience of the long-standing staff.

Can you tell us more about the significance of the bush tucker garden?

The bush tucker garden is another great addition to the library facilities and consists of external cultural learning space. With the help and support of recognised Elders on the Northside, the gardens will focus on native plants and trees that thrive in and around Zillmere. 

It’s important to also recognise the support offered by the State Government in making this aspect of the upgrade possible. 

Lastly, when can we expect the upgrade to be completed?

With works kicking off in early February, the project is currently scoped to be completed by mid-2023. As the works progress, I will be sure to provide updates on my Facebook and Instagram pages. 

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