The next crucial step in the delivery of Rosewood Library has been taken with development approval secured for the important new community facility.

The $6m two-storey library will be built on a vacant block on the corner of John Street and Railway Street, opposite the Rosewood railway station.

The building will have a heritage-style with the main entrance facing John Street. A secondary ground floor entrance will open onto car parking at the rear of the building.

The ground floor will include a large open plan general reading area with children’s space, customer service area, maker space and market place area.

There will also be staff workrooms, staff kitchenette and restrooms.

Upstairs there will be a meeting room, two study rooms, balcony/function area, two booths, general reading and collection areas and restroom.

The character of nearby buildings was taken into account during the library’s design, and a full length street awning has been included.

The development includes twenty-five car parking spaces, a loading bay and pick-up/drop-off zone, with car parking access from Railway Street.

Once complete, Rosewood Library will be a part of the Ipswich Libraries network which includes branches at Ipswich Central, Redbank Plaza, Redbank Plains, Springfield Central and a mobile library.

The State Government previously announced a $2.7m grant towards the cost of construction with council to contribute the remaining funds.

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