Work begins on new Gracemere Library Branch

Published on 19 May 2017


Gracemere residents and visitors will soon have access to the latest books, fun community activities and free internet with work on the new Gracemere Library Branch starting on Monday.

Community Services Committee Chair Councillor Rose Swadling said the library was a much-needed facility for the community and will be located in Council’s Gracemere Administration Building.

“Libraries are one of Council’s most popular and loved services, so it’s wonderful for the growing Gracemere community to have access to their very own facility and enjoy all that it has to offer,” Cr Swadling said.

“Our first step is to temporarily relocate the Customer Service Centre from the Gracemere Administration Building to the Gracemere Shopping Centre, so we can begin maintenance work including installing a solar system as part of our energy efficiency program.

“Once that’s completed we can commence setting up a fully functioning modern library branch, with a collection of materials for all ages, and in all of the different formats that we currently offer in Rockhampton and Mount Morgan.”

Councillor Ellen Smith said it’s anticipated the Gracemere community will have access to their new library by the end of August.

“The Gracemere community has been very passionate about a local library so they’ll now get the chance to borrow books and resources and access technology, but most importantly use the library as a community hub to connect and bring people together,” Cr Smith said.

“We’re so very pleased work will only take a few months with the new space anticipated to open in mid to late August.

“Our libraries are fun, learning, reflective and diverse spaces; the benefits to the local Gracemere community will be enormous, particularly when our regional libraries are one of our most popular and frequented services across the region.”

The Gracemere Library Branch will offer books, resources and activity programs similar to all other branches as well as public access to the internet and printing facilities. 

The Customer Service Centre will be temporarily relocated to the Gracemere Shopping Centre next to Subway until the refurbishment in complete.

The same services will be available for customers with opening hours from 9am – 4.30pm from Monday 22 May 2017.