Deeply Local Refurb Success

The recent refurbishment of the Albany Creek library beautifully reflects the local environment, community feedback and input from across the 10 library branches of Moreton Bay Region libraries.

Large poster of a creek with images of local wildlife

The focus of the renovation was the creation of a welcoming space that reflected the uniqueness of Albany Creek.

The development process included a workshop with senior library staff which captured concepts of contemporary library design, as well as customer feedback which was then successfully integrated into the refurbishment.

Changes to the layout included the removal of the huge circulation desk and replacement with a cute, accessible pod as you walk in.  The design includes a boutique, lounge-room layout with ‘rooms’ for each collection, like adult fiction; movable furniture and shelves, and a diversity of reading spaces.

From the minute you walk in you feel welcome, you want to explore the space, and you feel the connection to the local environment.

The carpet design incorporates the blue of the local creek running through the library and the green reflects the colour and motif of the local eucalyptus trees.

A quiet area for study or programs has been beautifully integrated with sliding glass doors subtly mirroring the local gum leaf motif.  Study booths provide modern spaces for individual or group work which also incorporate power/USB ports and sound absorbent padding.

library with blue lounge chairs

The children’s area is a huge hit and captures the local environment in a unique and locally responsive way.  There is ‘canoe’ to paddle along the creek on, a large magnetic board with magnetic cut outs of the local fauna, and sound absorbing ‘floating/flying’ clouds and local birds.  The local bridge crossing is also included in the design.

Display cases showcase items from the local museum, and an art hallway rotates artwork from local artists. The $360,000 refurb has transformed the feel of the library – it’s fresh, engaging and welcoming ….and the best bit is – the customers love it!

booth style tables and green chairs

Colourful checkerboard carpet and red chairs, with a picnic and basket

Images: Albany Creek library’s refurbishment connects library spaces to the local environment.

About the author

Deborah Miles is Project Officer – Cultural Services, Galleries, Libraries and Museums at Moreton Bay Regional Council.