135 Sydney St, New Farm QLD 4005
Saturday : 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Guided tours

The library was built in 1975 on a small portion of New Farm Park that had previously been basketball courts and later earmarked for a Community centre which never eventuated.
In order for the building to be used as a library, the Queensland Government passed the New Farm Library Validation Act in May 1975. The library design was open plan with attractive outdoor landscaping to compliment the park setting and was Council’s first purpose designed “open access” library, featuring a sloping path to the front door for ease of access for people with disabilities.

In 1994 Council facilitated a mosaic in conjunction with Access Arts for the side wall of the library, which was designed by Kez van Oudheusden in collaboration with the community.

In 2018 the library underwent a major refurbishment, which included repurposing the “garden room” into a community reading space and adding a programs room, a dedicated children’s area and an outdoor covered deck overlooking the park.

New Farm Library provides the local community with a variety of free facilities and services, as well as plenty of activities and events. The library is wheelchair accessible and has a community meeting room available for hire. The library’s collection includes Chinese and Italian language collections, as well as a LGBTIQ+ collection.

Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: 10-10.30am 2-2.30pm

Tour Tips

Register at the building on arrival, Great for kids, Photography restrictions

Additional Activities

Children's Activities, Workshops/talks

Wheelchair access


In 2018, New Farm Library underwent a major refurbishment which included the addition of a community reading room, programs room, children's area and an outdoor deck overlooking the park.