City Library
The region's largest library, held within the original and heritage listed Cairns City Council Chambers.

The City Library offers a full range of services including: access to twenty one computers via a booking management system, self-checkout machine, photocopying, reference collection, family history collection, information desk, and free Wi-Fi. Opening hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, and Sat-Sun 9am-12noon. A comfortable air-conditioned conference area accommodating up to 80 people is available for hire during or out of business hours. A smaller meeting room seating 10 people is available during business hours only. A fully functional kitchen is also available for use.

History: The City Library is our largest and busiest branch. It is located in the Cairns CBD on a large lot surrounded by parkland dominated by huge fig trees. The building, which is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, was constructed in 1929 and served as Cairns City Council's Chambers until Council moved to new premises in 1998. The library is very popular with both residents and visitors. It houses a large Reference collection, including Regional Resources relating to the history of the Cairns area. The Family History collection is also based here. An Information Desk is staffed each weekday to assist with enquiries.

A special feature at the City Library is the Literary Trail, a display of public artworks completed in 1999 by local artists, building on the inspiration of literary works by authors who have resided at one time or other in the Cairns Region. The City Library is also home to a permanent Cairns' Sister Cities display. Learn more about Cairns' Sister Cities by visiting the display at the City Library, which includes and interactive touchscreen or visit the Council website.

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