In 2007, there was 1 tour. The tour was held on Wednesday 5 September, starting at 1:30 pm and finished in time for the Forum's welcome reception at the State Library of Queensland. The tour included a stop for afternoon tea at a local cafe – courtesy of Libraries Australia.
Note: Numbers for the tour were limited and were assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Tour: State Library of Queensland, Brisbane Square Council Library, Qld Conservatorium of Music,Qld College of Art Map
- 1:30 – 2:30 pm
- State Library of Queensland (All, but divided into 3 groups)
- Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank
- 2:30 – 3:00 pm
- Afternoon Tea (provided by the State Library)
- 3.00 – 3.15 pm
- Divide into 3 groups (A, B & C) and walk to next library (no more than 20 per group)
- 3:15 – 4:00 pm
- Group A: Brisbane Square Council Library
- Group B: Queensland Conservatorium of Music
- Group C: Queensland College of Art
About the Libraries
State Library of Queensland
The new State Library of Queensland building has received the state's top architecture award at the 2007 Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Queensland Architecture Awards.
After 3 years of extensive redevelopment, the South Bank building officially re-opened on 25 November 2006 as "a new cultural and knowledge destination" and a fitting showcase for the collections. New services include: the Kuril Dhagun Indigenous Knowledge Centre and The Corner – an activities area for children under 8, their parents, carers, educators and friends. The newly redeveloped building was designed by Brisbane based architecture firm Donovan Hill.
The State Library of Queensland contains a significant portion of Queensland's documentary heritage and major reference and research collections It is an advocate of and partner witth oublic libraries across Queensland.
Brisbane Square Council Library
The new Brisbane City Council Library and Customer Service Centre at the top of the Queen Street Mall, has expanded its collections from 70,000 items to 110,000 items.
Designed to provide faster and more efficient processing of books, the library has the Southern Hemisphere’s first fully automated book sorter, which will also free up library staff to spend more time with customers.
The new library will mean Brisbane residents and visitors will be able to enjoy live news and sports broadcasts in the ground floor news lounge, or they can listen to CDs, watch DVDs, or access the Internet.
Griffith University: Conservatorium of Music & College of Art
The South Bank Campus of Griffith University is situated in the cultural heart of the Brisbane CBD. The South Bank precinct was originally established for the 1988 World Expo.
The South Bank Campus consists of the Queensland College of Art which is the State’s oldest and most distinguished art school dating back 100 years and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music established in 1957 which has a reputation for producing some of Australia’s top musicians and performing artists. A library is situated at each location with a collection that supports the teaching and research interests of each campus, hence reflecting the disciplinary interests and priorities of each campus.