Ipswich Children’s Library wins national gong for innovative approach

22 November 2022

Recently named among Australia’s most beautiful libraries, Ipswich Children’s Library has further been recognised with the 2022 National Federation Awards ‘Community Service Delivery Award’.

Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chairperson Councillor Andrew Fechner said the award, presented by Local Government Professionals Australia and contested by councils across Australia, recognises projects that have adopted a different approach to improve service delivery.

“Ipswich Children’s Library provides our city’s youngest residents with a library experience unlike any other in the country,” Cr Fechner said.

“The library was designed with a focus on interactivity and engaging young people as they learn, explore and play.

“It is an unique space specially designed with a range of literacy initiatives including the bespoke children’s catalogue interface which allows young readers to gain confidence exploring the library’s 35,000-strong collection via a child-friendly, image-based search platform.”

Ipswich Children’s Library was invited to enter the National Federation Awards after earlier this year winning the Local Government Managers Australia Queensland Excellence Awards for Innovation.

“It is very exciting for our libraries team to be recognised for their hard work and enthusiasm in delivering for the people of Ipswich,” Cr Fechner said.

“This award is a testament to the fact that despite the challenges we have faced with COVID-19 and recent flood events, council continues to do its best to serve our growing community.”