Brisbane libraries are starting an exciting new chapter after experiencing a massive increase in visitor numbers over the last 12 months.
New figures reveal Brisbane’s network of 33 libraries recorded more than 5 million visitors in 2022-2023, or about 14,000 residents every day.
The 2022-23 visitor numbers were 1.2 million more than the previous year and the biggest recorded since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said his Council team is committed to investing in Brisbane’s libraries, which offered free and affordable fun for residents of all ages.
“Brisbane residents clearly love our libraries and that’s why we have a plan to continue to invest in them,” Cr Schrinner said.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this massive increase in visitor numbers to our libraries also coincides with rapidly rising living costs.
Our Council is committed to delivering free and affordable fun for residents and our libraries offer far more than just a great range of books to borrow.
Our libraries also have music, magazines and movies and offer a great range of services such as book clubs, reading programs, computer training, events and workshops.
With costs continuing to increase, our libraries will play an increasingly important role helping keep residents entertained and connected for free.”
The Schrinner Council is delivering record investment into Brisbane’s libraries, including a new state-of-the art library in Everton Park.
The new library will include an undercover carpark, multipurpose meeting rooms, a new children’s space and computer lounge for residents to enjoy.
It comes after the recent completion of the Zillmere Library which now offers an enhanced experience with a dedicated young adult area, upgraded toilet amenities and a vibrant new children’s area that complements the library’s fresh native landscaping.
Along with planning a new library in Indooroopilly, Council has installed new 24/7 smart library lockers in Holland Park, Carina, and New Farm with more to come.
Our new easy-to-use lockers provide 24-hour collections for busy readers and will soon be up and running in the Grange, Mitchelton, and Bracken Ridge.
Brisbane libraries are open seven days a week and offer hundreds of free and low-cost activities year-round for residents of all ages.
“Whether it’s mums and bubs story time, creative writing workshops, author talks or social media tips for seniors, there is always something to see and do at our libraries,” Cr Schrinner said.
“We are excited to see the number of residents enter our libraries in person grow as we continue to provide fantastic facilities, programs and community events for everyone to enjoy.”
For more information about Council’s libraries, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘libraries”.