The Pop-up Library

Libraries to expand person limits and services

All 33 Council libraries will allow up to 20 people inside a library.

To observe the limit of 20 people at any one time and minimise waiting time, customers are only able to: 

  • access and browse the library collections – customers will be asked to sanitise their hands before handling any collection items on the shelves
  • limited internet access with 15-minute express sessions. Printing and mobile printing services are available
  • return borrowed items through after-hours returns chutes 
  • pick-up holds when ready for collection – no hold fees apply.

The number of people permitted within individual libraries at any one time will be contingent on: 

  • floor size  
  • configuration of different spaces 
  • distances between shelving, joinery, furniture, computers and service areas 
  • paths of travel within each library.

Find out more.

Council’s Pop-up Library is designed to bring the joy of reading to Brisbane residents at community events, festivals and selected parks across the city.

At the Pop-up Library you can:

  • read books, magazines and newspapers while relaxing in comfortable seating
  • browse library collections and borrow items to take home, including children’s picture books, adult fiction and FastBack titles
  • enjoy library programs, including children’s storytime sessions, craft, games, basic coding and robotics workshops.

Membership with Council’s Library Service is free. Simply visit the Pop-up Library or any Council library with your ID and sign up.

Children’s storytime in parks

The Pop-up Library visits selected parks in Brisbane three days per week. During each of these visits, library staff host interactive First 5 Forever children’s storytime sessions for children and their parents or carers to enjoy.

Children’s storytime sessions aim to support early literacy development and parents in their role as a child’s first and most important teacher. Each session presents a fun, educational and interactive way of learning rhymes and songs that you and your child can take home to enjoy together. These sessions also include practical tips on how you can support your child’s language and literacy skills from birth. 

Last updated:9 June 2020