I’m not sure what possessed me, but after a little running away, I made my way to the very under-construction Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. Tucked up on the top level, along with the cinemas, is the Indooroopilly Library. It’s a bit of an oasis in a busy shopping centre, a place to stop and collect yourself, before heading out to where all the noise and people are.
It surprised me how bright and airy the library felt, considering that it was in the middle of a shopping centre. There’s a lot of seating areas around the library, including a lovely looking lounge near the front door (complete with displays) and a gorgeous little seating area near a collection of craft materials for kids – parents can sit and relax while kids create! (I also love that this area was in the ‘main library’ – making it clear that children are welcome in all spaces, not just the one reserved for them.
The children’s area itself is gorgeous. It’s full of bright colours, and the lady beetle/bee and superhero themes which you find on the children’s library cards. I was particularly fond of the little lounge area tucked in the corner, with a couple of comfy chairs and its own chandelier! I’d imagine children would feel quite ‘grown up’ sitting there to read.
There’s a lovely arrangement of low shelves, both in a collection in the middle and along one wall, with children’s novels across other walls. There’s more seating near a raised ‘stage’ area and a gorgeous ring of soft seats with a cosy middle area to sit in. There’s also a very cool floor projector which was fun for Squirm to crawl on. I also loved the little decorating details, with tiny decorations above the doorway in, which were then reflected in the ends of the bookshelves.
The staff were very friendly, both around the children’s area and in the general parts of the library. There were lovely displays around the library, which (once again) made me want to borrow books from a different library system (although, I get plenty of books from Moreton Bay and there is absolutely no reason to join another library!). Although the parking at Indooroopilly is awful at the moment, I thoroughly recommend getting on a train, heading that way and visiting their really lovely library.
(While you’re there, if you’ve got a little one and are looking for some new clothes, check out the area near Target – all the kids clothes in one section!)
The best parts of Indooroopilly Library
- The chandelier in the kids section – a bit of fun class
- The way children are welcomed in other parts of the library
- The details of decoration around the library
Important Information about Indooroopilly Library
Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Level 4, 322 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly 4068
Open 7 Days a Week