Welcome to Noosa Libraries
Noosa Libraries has been an essential community asset at the heart of the shire for over 40 years. The service consists of branches at Noosaville and Cooroy, a Mobile Library, as well as an expansive eLibrary.
Our collection contains over 100,000 items, including: eBooks, DVDs, books, heritage items, natural resource kits, digital resources, and latest releases. Over 500,000 items are loaned each year to 40,000 borrowers. More than 350,000 people visit each year to loan items, find information, access wi-fi, attend programs and events, and read and relax.
The first library in Noosa Shire was opened on the 1st of December 1973, in a building donated by the ANZ Bank, the land, located on Moorindil Street in Tewantin, was donated by Noosa Shire Council. A committee of local residents formed in 1971, to lobby council for a free public library for the community. The resulting effort saw the foundation of the library on Moorindil Street in 1973. At the opening, the Tewantin Lions Club donated a caravan to the library that would become the first Noosa Mobile Library.
Read more about the establishment of the Noosa Library Service in the recollections of Carolanne Bowden, President of the Noosa Library Establishment Committee, and Jan Brown, committee member.
In December 1993, the library moved to a building designed by architect Maurice Hurst in Wallace Park, Noosaville. View pictures of Noosaville Library being built here
In 2004, a Noosa Library Service strategic plan was developed that highlighted the need for a library in Cooroy.
A site was selected on the old Mill site. This site comprised of historic buildings and until 2000 was a working sawmill. Noosa Council worked with the community and the Cooroy Lower Mill Board to plan the new library.
The Noosa Council won a Q150 State Government infrastructure grant of $1.5m to boost Council funds to build the library. Noosa Council’s vision was to create a contemporary library that would play a central role in community life.
The library opened to the public in May 2010, first year visitation was more that 220,000.
In 2016 the library won the Australian Institute of Architects Sunshine Coast Regional Awards.
Noosa Libraries aims to:
- Enrich the social fabric of our community
- Encourage and facilitate lifelong learning
- Provide free recreational and educational resources in a
diverse array of formats
- Foster a welcoming, non-commercial space in which
people can relax and connect with each other
- Endeavour to meet a need for every member of our
- Provide people with skills and resources to solve problems
- Embody the true nature of a democratic and equitable
- Preserve and promote our local culture and heritage
- Support Council in the achievement of its corporate goals
Noosa Libraries welcomes all and provides fair and equitable service and access to resources. We value our customers, our team and our partners. Each individual has needs which are respected and supported. We aim to deliver exemplary service through care and innovation. We endeavour to enrich our community and strengthen social cohesion. We commit to high ethical standards and transparent, responsible administration. We ascribe to freedom and diversity of access regardless of circumstances.