It's easy to forget that libraries are about more than books and study, and with 33 Council libraries across the city, you might even be surprised about how much there is to see and do.
Whether you're looking to connect with others, tune out, wind down, or simply hide from the world, read on for 10 cool things (other than reading) you can do at Council's libraries. Best of all - they're free!
1. Get connected
There are few better words to hear than 'free Wi-Fi' and you can surf the web on your own device all you want at your local library. You can also access free internet on a library computer. All you need is a free library membership and you're good to go! Some libraries have television facilities too!
2. Get your green thumb on
Whether you're a self-proclaimed plant parent, a budding florist, or simply feel like getting your hands dirty in the garden, libraries across the city host free workshops and gardening groups. Get involved in a working bee at the library gardens at Grange or Mitchelton. Learn more about indoor plants, planting your garden and more at the fantastic free workshops.
3. Take a step back in time
You probably know the library has an abundance of history books and resources, but did you know you can experience a blast from the past on a whole different level?
4. Get conversational
Studying in Brisbane and wanting to gain confidence while meeting new friends at school or university? Join one of Council's many free English conversation groups. These groups are great to expand your network and improve your English at the same time.
5. Perfect your prose
Is there any better inspiration to get your writing juices flowing than being among books? With so many writing groups and workshops happening at libraries across the city, you're bound to find one to bookmark. Keep an eye on the Lord Mayor's Writers in Residence program for your chance to meet your literary idol.
6. Brush up on your art skills
7. Are you a night owl?
Finding your calm in the library doesn't have to mean being glued to a book (though there's nothing wrong with that). Did you know that Brisbane Square Library is now open until midnight on Wednesdays and Fridays? Drop-in for live music, amateur art classes, or knitting and crochet meets up, or study using free Wi-Fi and comfortable spaces. Check out our What's On calendar for a full list of upcoming events for Brisbane Square Library Up Late.
8. Passion for pop culture?
Maybe you fancy yourself as a general trivia buff, or you have a specialist interest in something like Japanese comic books? Show off your pop culture knowledge at a local library's tea and trivia event, come along to a manga and anime group meet-up or get along to a graphic novel book club or pop culture meet-up.
If you'd prefer to just peruse pop culture's latest, spend some quality time with the latest edition of your favourite magazine. Council's libraries have heaps of subscriptions you can access for free.
9. The bee's knees
Are you interested in keeping native stingless bees for fun, honey production, conservation and/or pollination? We run regular, free workshops at our Council libraries to teach you the basics of keeping native bees in backyard Brisbane. Bookings are required.
10. Top the class
Tricky homework getting you down? Have an assignment that just isn't making sense? No need to stress. Libraries aren't only smart about books, they're brainy too! They can help you navigate the 1.4 million items in the library collection and show you how to make the best use of the other resources to ensure you ace your studies with ease.
See you at a library soon
Council is dedicated to a liveable city, creating more leisure options and better facilities and venues for all ages to enjoy. Visit your local library to join, renew, or borrow books, and use the many resources on offer.