Brisbane Open House
84 Ryan Street, West End
Saturday : 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday : 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
General access and guided tours

The Ryan Street Library is located in West End where there are many small community projects like the community garden along Jane St, the community pizza oven in Paradise Park and the many street libraries. The Ryan Street Library follows this pattern and asks, “What would an architect’s street library be like?”

It answers by using an architectural methodology in its design, drawing on the qualities of larger archetypal libraries, miniaturising them into a small space along the footpath, and welcoming the community to use it. It draws inspiration from Asplund’s Stockholm library: its negotiation of geometry yielding a spatial experience, its room defined by books, its light transforming the space and its soaring ceiling alluding to something beyond.

The library sets out to hold these same qualities in miniature, adapting them to its tiny 1.6sqm footprint along the footpath. These qualities touch our collective consciousness of a library, and encourage a known pattern of use – the browsing and borrowing of books, and also the swapping and sharing of books.

Through this engagement, the book collection of around 300 books is constantly changing and provides a delightful window into the reading habits of the community.

Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: Saturday at 10 am.

Difference in guided tours for Saturday and Sunday:

Guided tour at 10am on Saturday only.

Tour Tips

Great for kids

Wheelchair access



Recent Architectural or Engineering Awards: 2018 Queensland Architecture Awards: - Brisbane Regional Commendation - Small Project Architecture - Queensland State Award - Small Project Architecture

Jonathan Goh