A place of lifelong learning for a young community

Springfield Central Library

show quote
1 of 3


Ipswich City Council
Springfield Town Centre, Queensland, Australia
March 2014 - November 2014
Brief Development, Concept Design

2,000m² GFA


The Springfield Central Library is to be located in the new town of Springfield Central, in the Ipswich Region, west of Brisbane.  The prominent site is strategically located at the entrance to the large retail centre, with strong connections to the adjacent Robelle Domain and new public swimming lagoon, and close to the Springfield Education City, allowing the library to engage with the community in a very visible location, and enticing those for whom a library would not ordinarily be a place of resort.

Ipswich City Council’s objective is to deliver a modern, versatile, and flexible library reflecting world best practice in community libraries, a library that embraces and reclaims its role as a public and social space, re-asserting its role as a community meeting place, promoting the library as an important place for social cohesion and trust in the community, and, importantly, as a community educational institution.  These ideas are combined in the notion of the third place, a place standing beside work and home and providing a vital role the other two cannot.

The design caters to a diverse community of users including children and young adults, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, and the elderly, and provides a range of different and flexible spaces that meet their expectations, from quiet havens, to more active and lively areas. Universally all offer access to the latest technology along with areas for relaxation, research, leisure, and learning.  Taking advantage of the Region’s benign climate, the library extends into outdoor areas.  A secure north facing garden provides opportunities for outdoor reading and activities.  The design also realises the potential for the creation of a vibrant new civic space for Springfield, and the library spaces and community meeting rooms extend into a large sheltered external space – the Neighbourhood Room, a civic space for a wide range of community activities and functions.


Springfield Town Centre, Queensland, Australia

Brief Elements

  • Public library
  • Community meeting rooms
  • Office space for community organisations and local councillor
  • Large outdoor 'neighbourhood room'