Photo of the week - celebrating libraries

The staff who describe the digitised photographs in our collection select a photo each week that is added to SLQ’s Flickr Commons Photo of the week 2013 set.   This week our photo of the week is in celebration of Library and Information Week which is held in the last week of May each year. Our photo of Townsville Library from around 1948 shows a very different library than today. In 1938 Townsville  was the first city in Queensland to open a free public library,  and now has three vibrant libraries, a mobile library and a home service. City Libraries serves almost two hundred thousand residents of Townsville and surrounding areas.

The theme of Library and Information Week 2013  is "Share your story" What's the best thing about your local library? Do you have memories of libraries like the one in this photo? We'd love to hear from you.

Want to see more digitised photos, maps, music scores and manuscripts? There’s more than 60 000 digitised items in our collections. You can find them in One Search, our catalogue.


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The young lady on the left is now Mrs Meryl Stone. Mrs Stone came into the library to visit us last year.The lady on the right is Mrs Mabel Classen. Mrs Classen held the positions of Secretary-Librarian of the Townsville School of Arts from 1921-1938, then Librarian in Charge of the Townsville Municipal Library from 1938-1964.

Thanks Robyn! How great to have her name to add to our catalogue record for this photo. I imagine she had some wonderful stories to tell when she visited the library last year.