Thursday, June 20, 2024

Brisbane bookworms break reading record

Brisbane libraries are embarking on an exciting new chapter after experiencing a massive increase in visitor numbers over the last 12 months.

New figures released by Brisbane City Council reveal the city’s network of 33 libraries recorded more than five million visitors in 2022-2023 – or around 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 was committed to investing in Brisbane’s libraries.

“Brisbane residents clearly love our libraries and that’s why we have a plan to continue to invest in them,” Lord Mayor 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.”

He said the Council was delivering record investment into Brisbane’s libraries, including a new state-of-the art library in Everton Park (design pictured).

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 new children’s area.

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.

“Brisbane is the fastest growing capital city in Australia right now so it’s important that we improve and expand our library services for all of our residents,” Lord Mayor Schrinner said.

“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.

“Since June, we’ve seen more than 570 loans collected across the three lockers, and know this number is only set to grow with the busy school holiday period fast approaching.

“With 6.4 million physical loans and 2.5 million digital loans undertaken in 2022, we look forward to seeing even more residents enjoy our vast collection of materials across the network.”

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