The transformation of the Redbank Plains Library will ramp up in March, with some major additions to its services.
Work will start this month to repurpose the Redbank Plains Library building to include a Library Logistics Hub and to refresh the services provided at the facility.
In coming months, the community will see additional meeting spaces and more public access PCs, allowing for ongoing provision of digital literacy training, such as computer and tablet-based programs.
Libraries and Tourism Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said the repurposing works to create a Library Logistics Hub at Redbank Plains Library were taking place ahead of the opening of the city-sized library at Springfield Central mid-2018, and part of the strategy to meet the needs of the eastern suburbs’ growing population.
“While the Redbank Plains Library will continue to have a library presence at the current location, the focus will be on additional community access to meeting or workshop spaces, study areas and access to computers and internet,” he said.
More library public programming (adult and children’s programs) will be provided to the community in local parks, shopping centres and other partnership-based locations.
Division 9 Councillor Sheila Ireland said as well as physical changes, the collection offering will transition into a ‘Marketplace’ display, with a smaller but more tailored collection of books.
“The collection of books will be replenished daily, which means there will always be new titles on the shelves for customers,” she said.
“This unique offering was successfully trialled at Ipswich Central Library, and now members and visitors to Redbank Plains Library will be able to enjoy a new retail browsing experience which includes selections by genre.
“This new look collection also offers members a constantly refreshed range of popular and trending books.”
To ensure public safety, it will be necessary to close the library from 12pm Saturday March 3 through to 10am Monday March 12.
Library members will still be able to return items using the after-hours chute outside the library’s front door during that time.
Customers can provide feedback or ask questions via a feedback form at www.library.ipswich.qld.gov.au/redbankplains
Responses will be uploaded on a regular basis.