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HP Library Gets Wireless Birthday Present

08 April, 2010

Holland Park Ward Councillor Ian McKenzie has announced that the Holland Park Library will be getting wireless internet in the same month it celebrates its 30th birthday.

Cr McKenzie said the library had been serving the community since 1980 and now had over 77,000 visitors a year.

He said wireless internet would really bring Holland Park Library into the 21st century and was part of Lord Mayor Campbell Newman's $325,000 commitment to installing the technology across a number of Brisbane City Council libraries this year.

"There were 4671 borrowers in the library's first year", Cr McKenzie said.

"The fact that the number of visitors to Holland Park library has increased 16-fold since it first opened not only shows how much the area has grown in the last few decades, but the important public service that libraries still provide Brisbane residents.

"Holland Park really has come a long way since its days as dairy farms and this is another example of how the Lord Mayor and I are working hard to serve the residents of my Ward."

He said the number of items in the library has almost doubled from about 17,000 when it opened in 1980 to about 30,000 in 2010.

However, Cr McKenzie said people now also choose to read a number of items online when visiting the library and Holland Park patrons would now be able to do so wirelessly within the next month.

"This means people who have their own laptop and want to visit Holland Park library will be able to surf the net without having to ring ahead and book a computer," he said.

"It also means more computers will be available to those people who rely on the library to check their emails or look up something online."

Cr McKenzie said the Holland Park Library cost about $350,000 to build and was the largest of Council's 20 libraries at the time when it opened on April 11 1980.

He said Council held a birthday party over the weekend to mark the occasion.

Along with being a dairy farm in the 1930's, the Seville Road site on which the library was built was also used as a Commonwealth Military Hospital during World War II.

Cr McKenzie said Holland Park Library was the second library in the area to celebrate a significant milestone, with the Stones Corner Library turning 60 years old last year.

Cr McKenzie said Brisbane City council had 32 public libraries across the city and Lord Mayor Campbell Newman was spending $1.7 million on upgrades this year. Holland Park Library will be the 12th library in Brisbane to get wireless internet.

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