When I hear the word Bundaberg, the first things that come into my mind are normally rum and ginger beer. Is it the same with you? Well, let me erase those images from your mind and replace them with the word library instead – yes library. I was surprised to discover an amazing library space in this town! The Bundaberg Library was my 8th library visit during a recent family road trip to Queensland.
Date and time of visit: Tuesday, 27 August 2019; 11.29am
Features: The Bundaberg Library is the main branch of the Bundaberg Regional Libraries (encompasses Childers, Gin Gin and Woodgate Libraries). It offers traditional and contemporary library services. I found the library space huge and spacious. The library was also buzzing with people and activities at the time of my visit. I noticed quite an eclectic mix of clients.
Overall impression: I was amazed with this library. And from what I have observed, it was well used by locals and visitors. I did enquire about becoming a member and I was told by one of the friendly staff that I had to pay a deposit of $20 which was non-refundable (then…shouldn’t they have said a fee instead of a deposit?…sorry being cheeky there…). I also liked that clients could access free water and clean toilets! The library has definitely thought about and provided what their clients wanted and needed. Oh, and they have one of those intuitive self-return kiosks.