Moreton Bay Libraries open as Places of Refuge

Published 25 February 2022

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Libraries are traditionally known as somewhere for quiet, where you can lose yourself in a book or an activity you love, and escape from the world.

With severe weather forecast to continue in the coming days, Moreton Bay Regional Council’s libraries are taking that concept to the next level, opening their doors as Places of Refuge during business hours for those affected by storms and flooding.

Mayor Peter Flannery said Council was wrapping its arms around the community during its time of need.

“The message is simple - we are here for you,” Mayor Flannery said.

“We want locals to know that if anything goes wrong for them during this weather event, they have somewhere to go.

“While it’s best to be prepared with an emergency kit at home, containing things like a battery-operated torch and candles, first aid items, any essential medicines, food and water and so on, our staff are ready to offer their support.

“Anyone who comes to one of our libraries asking for assistance, if they’ve been flooded out of their home for example, will be welcomed by our staff.

“We’ll have plenty of dry and warm space for people to get out of the weather and relax, and our computers and phones are available to use for free.

“We can also provide access to communication to assist them with contacting appropriate support services, family and friends, and knowing our wonderful team, a warm drink and a friendly ear if you need one too.

“There is also plenty for the kids to do to take their minds off the situation too, with games, toys, activities, and of course, plenty of beautiful books.

“The days of libraries just being the place to borrow books are long gone. I’m proud that we are able to reach out during this time, show our support, and once again show that libraries are truly at the heart of the community.”

Libraries as Places of Refuge are available during business hours. Visit Home - Moreton Bay Regional Libraries to find your closest library.

  • Burpengary, Albany Creek, Bribie Island, Caboolture, North Lakes, Strathpine, Arana Hills Libraires close at 6 PM
  • Deception Bay Library closes at 5 PM
  • Redcliffe Library closes at 8 PM
  • Woodford Library closes at 7 PM but will be closing at 5 PM on Friday 25th February due to the flood impact