My first thought when walking into the Redcliffe Library was simply – wow! The library, which is part of a complex with the local art gallery, is absolutely massive. I think that originally, when Redcliffe was a council of its own, that it was the only library for the whole council area, so it really needed to be comprehensive to properly serve the local population.
The library, as well as being massive, has lovely high roofs and allows a lot of natural light in the room. I’m starting to build a firm preference for natural light in libraries – artificial lights don’t always add to the ‘romance’ of a library 🙂 The young people’s section of the library (children’s, children’s non fiction and young adult) takes up a whole length of the library – young people are definitely welcomed and valued here. (Since the high school is just a block away, I really hope those students utilise this amazing space)
At one end of the children’s section is an enclosed reading deck. There were a number of adult sized chairs there, along with a puppet theatre, two cubby houses and a big game board. When I arrived, a small group of children were putting on a show for their parents. This ‘show’ feeling spills inside, with a semi circle of comfortable chairs facing a ‘backdrop’ painting against one wall – the perfect area for story time and rhyme time. Behind the story area is a collection of small tables and chairs, perfect for craft. There were also toys available for playing inside.
Picture books were next in line. There were the standard low boxes holding the picture books, but these were arranged in rows on either side of a collection of displays (I love books being out on display – it’s a great way to catch a reader’s eye). Junior novels were after that, followed by junior non-fiction and then the young adult collection. Finally, there was a lounge area for the young adults.
Another thing I really liked in the junior non-fiction was the books that were on display at the ends of the shelves. They weren’t the usual books you think of when you think of non fiction, and I think they’d be very good at encouraging children to look closer at the non fiction area.
The staff were excellent at Redcliffe library. One of the books I read with Squirm was beginning to lose its pages, so I brought it up to the desk. I was asked if I wanted to borrow it and I believe they would have made some temporary repairs right there if I’d said yes. The staff at the checkout desk were also lovely.
I think this library obviously has benefited from being the only library in the council area for a long time – obviously all library money can then be spent in one place. Now that it’s part of a larger council area (Moreton Bay Regional Council – along with Strathpine and Albany Creek) it’s to be seen how the library funding will be spread into the future – especially since I’ve been told a couple of times that Caboolture is the new ‘flagship’ library. Of course, the good part about it being part of an amalgamated council is that people from further away – like me – can visit and borrow from there.
The best parts of Redcliffe Library
- It’s massive!
- The attention given to creating a nice place for young people
- It feels very airy and uncluttered
- The lovely staff
Important Information about Redcliffe Library
470-476 Oxley Avenue,
REDCLIFFE, QLD 4020
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Parking available in a carpark underneath. There’s also a disabled toilet with a change table and a toddler sized toilet inside it.
While we were there . . .
We probably didn’t see half of what there is to see in Redcliffe! The art gallery in the same building as the library had a lovely display on, and there were also children’s activities available. We walked along the main street and poked our head into a few of the arcades there, including one with a lovely wooden toy shop. There’s Humpybong Creek which has been done up and has a walking track along it. But, of course, you really need to take a walk along the water, and out onto the lovely jetty. (There’s also playgrounds and the lagoon, as well as Sutton’s beach which we didn’t get to. I also want to go back for the museum). For the drive home, we followed the path of the North Moreton Bay Tourist Drive, which took us along the water and the harbour – lovely!