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Annerley Library & Community Centre


The Annerley Library, designed in 1956, is a surviving example of a purpose-built library designed by Brisbane City Council’s distinguished architect, James Birrell. Together with the adjoining Community Centre and its landscaped setting, the library forms a tranquil, shaded corner in the otherwise hostile environs of Ipswich Road. The library has been a valued community resource since its opening in the 1950s. The adjoining Community Centre has augmented the community facilities on the site.


  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as an integrated development of buildings and landscape, that provides a tranquil, shaded corner on Ipswich Road.

  • g) It has a strong or special association with the life or work of a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons

    as a library and community facility since the 1950s.

  • h) It has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in the City's or local area's history

    as the only remaining functional, purpose-built library and integral landscaped setting designed by the distinguished Brisbane City Council architect James Birrell.

Place details
At 448 Ipswich Road , ANNERLEY, 4103
Categories: Culture - Library
Event(s): Constructed in 1956
Period(s): Modern (1956-1982)
Style(s): Postwar - International
People involved: Architect - James Birrell
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Annerley Library & Community Centre

(Last updated - 14 Mar 2016)

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NOTE: The purpose of this report is to provide a general reference source of information about the main historical and descriptive features that contribute to the cultural significance of the heritage place. It is based on available evidence and may be re-assessed if further information becomes available. It is NOT an official report and does not in any way replace the official Heritage Register entry, which can be viewed in the City Plan. A qualified practitioner should undertake a thorough conservation study of the heritage place before any action is taken which may affect its significance as a heritage listed place. For further information please phone Council on 3403 8888.

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