Ideas Box

State Library of Queensland has been working closely with Libraries Without Borders, Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council, Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, and State Library of Western Australia to introduce the first Ideas Box in Australia, enabling remote Indigenous communities to access technology, and creative and learning opportunities.

What is the Ideas Box?

The Ideas Box is a revolutionary, portable media centre conceived by international NGO Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières), to provide vulnerable and isolated populations access to books, technology, and information.

Designed by renowned French designer Philippe Starck, the Ideas Box fits on two pallets, is a robust library in a box, can be tailored to different communities, and can be installed in less than 30 minutes in any environment, so long as there is a roof and 100 square metres floor space.

Each Ideas Box unfolds to create a customised library and media centre, with internet access and its own power source. It includes a library module, an IT module with internet connection, a cinema module, and administration module, as well as contents such as tablet devices, books and games that are selected in consultation with the community in which they will go.

Where will the Ideas Box go?

Australia’s first Ideas Box was launched in Mapoon, Far North Queensland, on Thursday 23 July 2015, providing an opportunity for Mapoon’s 350 residents to experience a state-of-the-art library service. The Ideas Box will remain in Mapoon for six months, and will then be relocated to Kowanyama for six months. The program will also be rolled-out to remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia in 2016.

The collection of books selected by the Mapoon community for the Ideas Box will stay with the community after the Ideas Box leaves Mapoon, along with the learning and knowledge gained from this program, which will assist Council in transitioning to ongoing library services.

Support

The Ideas Box rollout in Australia is being led by State Library of Queensland in partnership with Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières), Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council, Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council and State Library of Western Australia, and with the support of the Puma Energy Foundation, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and Queensland Library Foundation.

  • 1. Mapoon The Ideas Box set up in Mapoon Community Centre
  • 2. Books The books selected by the community will stay in Mapoon after the Ideas Box leaves
  • 3. Technology Mapoon residents can access laptops, iPads, the internet, thousands of ebooks and more digital resources via the Ideas Box.
  • 4. Library The Ideas Box unfolds to create a customised library and media centre.
The Ideas Box set up in Mapoon Community Centre
The books selected by the community will stay in Mapoon after the Ideas Box leaves
Mapoon residents can access laptops, iPads, the internet, thousands of ebooks and more digital resources via the Ideas Box.
The Ideas Box unfolds to create a customised library and media centre.
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