Toowoomba’s newest addition has just opened its doors to the delight of local booklovers. A hundred people flocked to the official opening of the new library, which included a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony, a ribbon cutting and a plaque unveiling.

The new $24.5 million City Library is located on the corner of Victoria and Herries street, and boasts impressive resources that are sure to become part of the new cultural, social and information hub of Toowoomba. Prominent features of the new building include a copper panel façade and a north-facing glass wall, as well as the leafy grounds of recently landscaped Civic Square.

Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community Services General Manager, Nick Hauser, has noted that Civic Square features “an open lawn area with tables and benches scattered around the perimeter paths… and a water feature with a central sculpture.” The library itself will have free wifi, educational activities for children, and more computers for research and general browsing.

The library will be incorporating the Local History Library, and will feature a purpose-built, climate-controlled area for the proper storage of archival materials. Responding to ideas from public feedback, the new building will also include ten meetings rooms and two event rooms, all intended for special events, meetings or training sessions.

Whether you’re looking for a new book, studying for final exams or just browsing the internet, this great new library is sure to become a fantastic addition to your local Toowoomba community.

Words by Ella Tait