REPURPOSING OF THE REDBANK PLAINS LIBRARY – PHASE 2
As of Monday 30 April, building works will start at the Redbank Plains Library in preparation for 24/7 access.
- Raising of the floors on the verandah to remove steps and provide accessibility for all
- Upgrade of meeting rooms to include overhead projectors
- Installation of small kitchenette to allow catering for meetings
- Re-installation of the water bubbler
- Installation of a vending machine
- Enclosing of the verandah to provide secure after-hours access to public toilets
Other works that will be undertaken for the upgrade will include the installation of extra internet computers and more lighting.
Works are expected to take about 6 weeks, during which time the verandah will not be available for use. While workers will do their best to ensure minimal impact to customers, the Library may experience periods of extra noise, and inconvenience. Signage will be installed to advise customers of the building works and to thank them for their patience during this time.
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The Redbank Plains Library re-opened on Monday, 12 March 2018, resuming normal opening hours. Customers enjoyed browsing the new, curated Marketplace collection
REPURPOSING OF THE REDBANK PLAINS LIBRARY – PHASE 1
From February 2018, library members and the local community will notice a change to the Redbank Plains Library building when work to repurpose the space commences. As well as physical changes, the existing collection will be replaced with a small high-performing Market Place collection. Members and visitors to the Redbank Plains Library will be able to enjoy a new constantly refreshed retail browsing experience of popular and trending books and title selections by genre.
To ensure public safety during the implementation it will be necessary to disrupt service provision at the facility which will close from 12.00 pm Saturday, 3 March 2018 and reopen at 10.00 am Monday, 12 March 2018. Redbank Plains Library members will be able to return items using the after-hours chute located outside the Library’s front door.
In coming months, Library public programming (adults and children’s programs) will continue to be provided to the Redbank Plains community in outreach mode including at the new Redbank Plains Community Centre, local parks and other partnership based locations. Digital literacy training, such as computer and tablet based programs, will be delivered at existing library locations including selected Mobile Library stops.
When the Redbank Plains Library reopens on 12 March 2018, regular opening times will be observed so members can continue to collect their reservations, use our self-service checkouts, access free public computers and free meeting spaces.
This repurposing is ahead of the opening of the city-sized library at Springfield Central mid-2018, and is part of the strategic development of the provision of library services to the growing population in the eastern suburbs. While continuing to maintain a library presence at the current location, the focus will be on community access to meeting/workshop spaces, study areas, access to computers and internet and access to a boutique ‘Market Place’ library collection.
Public consultation took place which included discussions with Councillors Pahlke, Ireland and Silver (including Community Information sessions at Redbank Plains and Redbank Plaza), the Friends of Ipswich Library Service (FOILS), Library staff, Community Development staff, Works, Parks and Recreation Department staff, Health, Security and Regulatory Services staff and Safe City staff.
During this phase, the following feedback was received:
|Feedback received||New Improvement to the Branch|
|More meeting spaces||The new layout will have additional bookable meeting spaces. (Phase 1)|
|Longer hours of access||The access control and monitoring technology is anticipated to provide out of hours access to members. (Phase 2)|
|Weekend access||The access control and monitoring technology is anticipated to provide weekend access to members. (Phase 2)|
|Requirement for secure outdoor space||Creation of a closed in area on the veranda to address this need. (Phase 2)|
|More public access computers||It is anticipated that the library will increase the number of public access computers with online booking capability. (Phase 2)|
|Need to maintain a collection onsite||A new Market Place collection will be installed. (Phase 1)|
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