“The new Link provides a very high standard of service for people attending the theatre and incorporates a range of facilities that will make the theatre experience accessible to everyone in the community"
John Stanhope, Chief Minister and Minister for the Arts

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Civic Square Library and Theatre Link

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ACT Cultural Facilities Corporation
Civic Library, 180 London Circuit Civic, ACT
Business Case, Design, Documentation, Construction Phase Services

2000m2 GFA


Public library and theatre link designed to enhance the prominent and historically significant Civic Square cultural precinct

The Civic Square Library and Link building serves the dual function of accommodating the city library as well as an enhanced foyer, box office and patron amenities for the adjacent Playhouse and Canberra Theatre. The building is designed to be an eye-catching and valuable addition to this prominent and historically significant sector of central Canberra.

Whilst there is a synergy of use between the Link and the Library, acoustic and security separation is provided by the dividing glass wall. In its interior planning, the Link is designed to accommodate patrons from both theatres concurrently. Retractable woven mesh screens are used to subdivide the foyer without compromising the air-conditioning. The location, size and design of the bar and cloakroom allow prompt patron service and assist in the movement of people through the space at performance intervals. The refurbishment of the Canberra Theatre foyer is sympathetic to the original design.

The Library’s three levels provide zones for different activities. The main entrance level accommodates the active, social zones of the reference desk, information counter, newspaper reading, audio books, photocopy and children’s area. The large glazed space is illuminated with natural light, emphasising openness and connectivity to Civic Square. The mezzanine overlooks the main entrance and operates as a function, exhibition and training venue. The Library’s collection is found on the lower level adjacent to separate reading areas for both adults and youth. The youth area can be divided into group or quiet zones.


Civic Library, 180 London Circuit Civic, ACT

Brief Elements

  • Theatre foyer and box office
  • Patron amenities
  • Public art
  • Library