Gympie Library Masterplan

Location: Gympie, Australia
Client: Gympie Regional Council
Status: Completed 2017
The existing Gympie Library located  at 8-14  Mellor Street, serves as the Central Library for the GRC Library network. The building accommodates the Gympie Public Library as well as the main administrative offices and resources for supporting the additional five Branch libraries located across  the Gympie Regional Council Area as well as home lending services. GRC Library statistics  indicate the Library has a high proportion of population membership and high visitation rates by residents as well as visitors to the region.  The Library network has a developing online presence, further enhancing connectivity  to services and the collection. The Library is  positioned on the eastern edge of the Mary Street Central Business  District, the historical commercial and administrative heart of  Gympie.  Sited  in a Civic Cultural precinct, the Library has close proximity to the Heritage listed Town Hall Council Chambers and the Gympie Civic centre, a substantial community cultural Hub. The  masterplan proposes a new freestanding  Library to be built on the existing   Library carpark and site of the former Community Services Building.  The concept proposes two levels of Library space over a partly excavated undercroft carpark that maximises the existing contours of the site. The core site arrangement philosophy is to activate the precinct through creating a destination building  that enhances and nurtures the Library activities within, while also creating external public spaces that contribute to the Library experience while enabling improved connectivity. By making the pathways within the site  attractive, comfortable and equitable pedestrian connections,  it is envisaged that the community will engage with the library both intentionally and serendipitously through the  act of walking by.