Everton Park Library

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Posted 2024-05-09 by Gillian Chingfollow
Everton Park in Brisbane's inner north has opened its door to a brand new public library to welcome first-time and existing readers to find their next favourite books.

Photo: Gillian Ching

The aisles of public libraries offer a world of stories, imagination and escape but today's modern library has become a community hub offering even more than just places to read. In a time when community connections and learning have never been more important, libraries:
  • Provide access to information and resources;
  • Connect people with their communities through conversations, events;
  • Support literacy and education.

  • And the new public library in Everton Park is no different.

    As an avid reader, I was intrigued to visit the Everton Park library for myself after it swung open its door to the public library on Saturday 9 March 2024.

    Photo: Gillian Ching


    The $11.6-million project, which took 18 months to complete, is the facility's first upgrade in more than 50 years. The original library opened in 1965 and was one of the smallest libraries in the Council cohort. Now it stands as a flagship in the literary fleet of accessible community resources.

    Photo: Gillian Ching


    The friendly library staff welcome visitors at the entry desk and are very happy to show you the features of the new library including:
  • double the floorspace
  • a new undercover carpark
  • multi-purpose spaces and meeting rooms
  • computer lounge
  • a children's space
  • a dedicated quiet room
  • toilets and parents' facilities

  • Photo: Gillian Ching


    Electronic check-in and check-out services make it easy and time-effective to return books and help you get started on your new read. There are also several reading spaces including a long table behind the service entry desk for conversations among groups. There is also a quiet room at the back of the library reminiscent of past times when libraries were silent.

    Photo: Gillian Ching


    The children's room has an assortment of toys on the floor, a window seat to look out of and bring in the light and of course a wonderful selection of books to read.

    Some of the standouts for me were the inclusion of artworks. Six pieces from a local artist are on display with coastal and other outdoor landscape scenes. There are also several display cabinets featuring collections of pieces relating to books.

    Photo: Gillian Ching


    After cruising the shelves and selecting some crime fiction books and collecting a selection of flyers including the Brisbane Writers Festival program, I could see some green space through the rear glass windows.

    At the back of the library, doors open to an undercover outdoor deck overlooking Fallon Park.

    Sustainability has been at the heart of the design and the building (beyond its olive green interior colours) includes features such as energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning systems; the siting, orientation and form of the building have been designed to minimise solar penetration into the building during summer while maximising solar penetration in winter.

    Roofwater is also collected by tanks to be used for landscape and irrigation purposes. Solar panels from the old library building were also removed and reused at the Council’s Animal Welfare Leagues Warra Animal Rehoming Centre.

    Photo: Gillian Ching


    The existing library building was demolished and replaced with a turfed park, and a pathway connection to Fallon Park. While the new library was under construction, the library operated from the sweet Queenslander style Fallon Cottage on the grounds which, while now closed, remains at the back of the site.

    Photo: Gillian Ching


    There is also a new Fallon Park playground which was created as part of the Everton Park Library upgrade.

    Photo: Gillian Ching


    The Library design is modern and contemporary to reflect our modern lifestyles. The automated checkout and returns system is quick, easy to use and time-effective so you can get home quickly and start reading.

    Photo: Gillian Ching


    And here are some of the upcoming community events to get involved in:
  • Make and Create on 11 May 2024
  • Indoor plants for houses and apartments 11 May 2024
  • First 5 Forever Toddler Time.

  • What Else
    Entry to the Everton Park Library is free. It is open 5 days from:

    Monday: closed
    Tuesday: 10am-6pm
    Wednesday: 10am-5pm
    Thursday: 12 noon-8pm
    Friday: 12 noon-5pm
    Saturday: 9am-4pm
    Sunday: closed
    Closed on public holidays

    The Everton Park Library is located at 573 South Pine Road, Everton Park. Everton Park is 7 kilometres from the Brisbane Central Business District. If you are not a member of this or other Brisbane City Council libraries, it is free to join. Just call by and visit the borrowing desk and the friendly staff will supply you with your own card and help you get you signed up.

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