The end of 2019 is a busy chapter for Brisbane City Council’s libraries with two upgrades being completed and the library fine amnesty culminating in 6.5 tonnes of tinned food being donated by Brisbane residents with almost three weeks to go.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner is officially opening two refurbished local libraries at Ashgrove and Stones Corner after more than $1.5 million was invested in upgrades and refurbishment.

“The improvements at these much-loved local libraries will ensure the facilities meet the 21st century needs of residents and offer more than just a space to borrow books,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Our 33 libraries across Brisbane are vibrant community hubs with opportunities for learning, study, recreation, socialising and connecting with the community.

“We will continue to invest in our libraries into the future with free membership for anyone who lives, works or studies in Brisbane,” Cr Schrinner said.

The 10th annual library amnesty, in partnership with Foodbank Queensland, is underway providing the opportunity for any overdue library fees to be waived in exchange for a can of food.

“Last year we collected more than 43,000 cans of food and thanks to the generosity of Brisbane residents, I think we can exceed that this year.

“Already more than 17,100 cans have been donated at our libraries, with every single can of food going to someone in need through our association with Foodbank,” Cr Schrinner said.

Community, Arts and Lifestyle Chair Peter Matic said Council had budgeted $72.5 million for Council’s library services this financial year, including more than $3 million in refurbishments.

“The upgrades at Ashgrove and Stones Corner follows the opening of the new library at Bracken Ridge, while upgrades at Sandgate Library are almost complete,” Cr Matic said.

Gap Ward Councillor Steven Toomey said the new Ashgrove Library upgrade includes elements from across the natural environment in his ward.

“We have seed pods for light shades, koalas, kookaburras, parrots and possums on the walls, making a wonderful environment for kids to enjoy,” Cr Toomey said.

“This library has been much loved by residents for decades and I’m confident these upgrades will ensure it’s a popular space for residents of all ages now and into the future.”

The Library Amnesty Program runs until December 31, 2019.