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Noosaville Library

Designed by Maurice Hurst and built in 1993, Noosaville Library has a unique architectural design which is much loved by the community. The 1070m2 building offers collections, computers, reading and study areas, wi-fi and a wide range of social and learning programs, as well as the administration area for library services.

Current Challenges

Built prior to the internet, Noosaville Library was built to primarily house physical collections, not provide space for people or technology. Challenges in enabling this significant piece of infrastructure to serve the community into the future are:

· An  increasing demand for social space for reading, studying, functions and connecting with other people

· Conflicts between different types of users and their needs eg quiet study versus children’s activities

· A need to provide  a variety of spaces and facilities for a diverse range of programs and services

· Old infrastructure and utilities such as air-conditioning and lighting

Extension and Refurbishment

Noosaville Library is set for a much-needed $1.7 million facelift in 2018. The expansion and refurbishment project aims to extend the life of this iconic building by retaining key structural elements and improving layout and fit-out to better meet contemporary needs. The project is being jointly funded by Noosa Council and the Queensland State Government through an $805,000 infrastructure grant.  

The refurbishment will include:

After Refurbishment

· The addition of 80m2 library building

· A complete internal refurbishment

· Programming, training and meeting rooms

· A technology Maker Space

· A children’s early literacy space

· An outdoor Wi-Fi and reading courtyard

· Heritage Library room

· New energy efficient lighting and air-conditioning

· New Radio Frequency Identification technology to improve book lending and returning

Proposed Project Timeline and Key Dates

Work is expected to commence in March 2018 and be completed by November 2018.
It will require some changes in service through-out the construction period including:

· Noosaville Library to be closed from Monday 5 March

· Temporary library facilities to be provided at:

  • the Noosa Leisure Centre from 26 February
  • Noosa Civic from 12 March

· Programs will be delivered at alternate locations