Rainbow Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.


Monday, July 28, 2014

LUV A LIBRARY

We booked up for a tour of the State Library of Queensland with our U3A winter school. (University of the Third Age.) It was something I have wanted to do since the new building opened in 2006. It has taken me a while to get around to it.  However, I am glad I did because it was really interesting.
 The building is made up of two buildings side by side and five storeys high. The buildings are connected by bridges and the roof. There is a walk way between the buildings which leads to the art galleries in the adjacent buildings We started the tour on the 4th floor. There were too many different areas to showcase here so I'll show just a few from each floor. There was some lovely art on this floor especially in the Black Opium Rooms.  They are very small rooms for only one or two students to study in. The walls are decorated with art created by Fiona Foley an aboriginal artist. She depicts a sad part of our history when aboriginal labourers were paid with opium. There is also acknowledgement to the traditional owners of the land that the library stands on.
The famous John Oxley Library is housed on this floor. It is a collection of historical ephemera  of Queensland's history.

 On the the third floor, one area was the Tim Fairfax Reading Room which was a comfortable lounge with draws containing the latest newspapers from around the world. There were also televisions with earphones to get the latest news from around the world, as well as microfiche readers for newspapers from years ago.
 From the music collection area we could see down into the Asian/Pacific design section on the second floor. It covers design in all areas.

 We could look over the balcony and see the Poinciana Lounge, named after the huge Poinciana tree outside the window on the bank of the Brisbane River. This was a beautiful area for reading and research.

We walked down to the second floor to The Red Box, so called because from the outside it is a big red box shape sticking out of the building almost over the river. It is an area for reading but it can be hired for talks or other functions.

 The view from The Red Box is a great one of the river city, Brisbane. See the huge Poinciana tree outside.

 Also on the second floor is the Queensland Terrace. An open area with a mirrored ceiling and walls made of cabinets full of cups and saucers. I tried to catch the reflection of our group in the ceiling but I couldn't move back any further without falling over the balcony into the gardens. This area is often used for weddings. The collection of teacups is part of a project called "Tea and Me". It is about sharing stories and memories over a cuppa the cups have been donated together with stories about the cups.

Finally the ground floor has a special area for aboriginal people to come and tell their dreaming stories as well as studying it even has an outside area around a fireplace. There is also a fabulous Children's Corner area where activities for children are on everyday. "Infozone" is here too where you can pop in to use computers or charge your devices. There is an adjacent building called "The Edge" mainly used by young people for using all kinds of digital media. They can record songs or make movies all equipment is provided and a cafe as well. There is a restaurant and a book shop near the "Knowledge" walkway. Naturally there are loads of activities and exhibitions going on all the time. All in all it was an enlightening experience. Anyone can book free tours.

32 comments:

Lorraine said...

What an amazing building, Diane! It is now on my list of "Must Sees"in my own city! I used to visit the old one when books were the first place to look for information.

Cynthia said...

Libraries have changed a bit recently, haven't they? This is a beautiful one, and I enjoyed your tour. I think it would be a treat to sit in the area with the beautiful view of Brisbane and read a book!

Buttons said...

Now this is a place I would truly enjoy what a wonderful way to set it up. Fascinating. Hug B

Sandra said...

this is the most amazing library i have ever seen, when i first read the name Black Opium room i thought WHAT? Whey would they name it that, then i read the why and it made sense.

Andrew said...

It looks fantastic. In these times of Newman cuts to everything, who has funded it? The State Government?

George said...

What a fantastic library! I think I could spend days in it. Thanks for taking us along with you on your tour.

Linley S said...

Now that is some library Diane, very impressive.

TexWisGirl said...

it sounds really user-oriented. i am glad you explained the black opium rooms.

Rhodesia said...

Wow what a place, I love libraries but that is something very special. Take care t'other Diane

Gosia k said...

It is a beautiful library. I am a teacher of U3A seniors citizens are very good students. I love teaching them English.

Fun60 said...

It is huge and it appears to have so many different areas for silent reading or studying.

Barb said...

I love libraries, but I don't believe I've ever seen a library as beautiful as this. The architecture is stunning! Thanks for the tour. I'd spend some time reading the tea cup stories.

jennyfreckles said...

What an amazing facility. Libraries are so important and it's great that they are building new and innovative ones.

Filip Demuinck said...

Great, I like modern architecture.

Greetings,
Filip

eileeninmd said...

Diane, what an intersting library.. I love the artwork and the modern style of the buildings.. What a fun tour! Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a beautiful library so full of historic and meaningful decorative items. I could spend all day there!

Carole M. said...

glad you made it there too Diane; what an amazing public facility! I'd have to visit weekly I think! The teacups idea was brilliant! The aboriginal feature unique, I bet there's a wonderful genealogy room there too; maybe for another day?

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I love libraries and this one is so wonderful I would love to visit it

Betsy Adams said...

Wow---what a library. I've never ever seen one that awesome before... That would make any child (or adult) want to go there and read--and just enjoy learning. Our libraries are struggling these days I think since so many folks are reading with Tablets --and downloading books rather than going to the library... BUT--there's just nothing better than a good library.

Hugs,
Betsy

Alan Burnett said...

Fascinating photographs and descriptions. I managed to get a tour around Sheffield University Library a couple of years ago and that was equally interesting.

Gattina said...

Wow, that looks huge !

DeniseinVA said...

Incredible place Diane, you have documented it beautifully. Those teacups are intriguing. I love the idea behind them.

Dianne said...

Fabulous open spaces and lots of natural light .... perfect design for a library. I could spend many hours there.

whiteangel said...

Looks spacious, clean and quiet...

Joan Elizabeth said...

I love libraries and haunt the Sydney state library and national library in Canberra at least once a month. But I have never visited the Brisbane one. You make me think I should add it to my agenda when I am next up that way.

I love the bookshops with these libraries too. They seem to stock just my favourite type of book.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

The building looks so big, with pretty art....sad history but now the museum is remembering....

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

The county library here is so small that it could fit many times into this facility. I am a frequent visitor to libraries wherever we go even when traveling and this one would require at least a days stop.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Magnificent library Diane, there's everything one would need for any reason there for sure.
p.s. I'm glad you chose not to live dangerously with that elusive shot, we would miss you :)

VioletSky said...

I have a great appreciation for libraries - they have changed from the days of big, silent halls full of only books and wooden shelves! This was a wonderful tour.

MTWaggin said...

WOW now THAT is a cool library and what a wonderful place to have access to! The art work is incredible.

Valerie said...

I love a library too and am lucky to live near a good one. It's not as grand as your though!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love libraries and this is obviously a top one! It is so wonderful the way big and small and grand Libraries have adapted to the times. I love it.

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