Parks Library

Project Type: New Building
Building Type: Standalone
Completed: 2018

Parks Library, located at Angle Park in South Australia, opened in October 2018.

The site sits opposite the original Parks Community Centre Library which closed in 2012 when the Parks precinct underwent development.

With the support of the State Government, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council began, community consultation in 2015. Feedback  included a space to explore, inviting areas to stop, read and enjoy with friends, lots of windows and a welcoming, inclusive feel. And ‘don’t forget the books!’.

The ‘new’ Parks Library has been designed with the community at its heart.

Customers are greeted by amazing sculptures, named ‘Spirited’ by Karl Meyer Exhibitions. Walking into the library there is light at every angle with large windows, a central courtyard and doors which open into the garden areas.

State of the art technology flows through the building, assisting customers with wayfinding, returning items,  user-friendly workstations (just plug in and go) and public computers.  Technology also controls heating, cooling and lighting, making it extremely energy efficient.

The community room and smaller meeting rooms, with a communal kitchen, offer flexible spaces for small catch ups, events and sessions.

In the main part of the library sits the collection, which includes multicultural resources. There is ample space to host a variety of events and programs on offer, tailored to meet the needs of the community.

Kids love the children’s area and the technology for little hands to discover and enjoy. There is also a free Toy Collection, with toys selected to encourage literacy and development.

The Makerspace is an open space for creativity – from craft to technology – and includes a media room.

Other highlights include a free WiFi, a Changing Places, facilities for those who are unable to use standard accessible toilet and a parents’ room.


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Key Features:

  • The new library includes:
    • A Makerspace
    • Toy Collection
    • Changing Places facility
    • Two large community rooms
    • Two smaller meeting rooms
    • Community languages collection
  • The facility, with extensive resources and technology, meets the changing and future needs of the Parks Library and City of Port Adelaide Enfield community.
  • The new Parks Library has incorporated the latest in technologies, from Smart Building Management Systems that feature automated control for lighting, ventilation, heating and cooling, security, and access to interactive display screens and wayfinding to help our community find the latest information on events and activities

Library Details:

Library Name Parks Library
Organisation/ Council/ Shire Name City of Port Adelaide Enfield
Type of Build  New Building
Architect or Designer JPE Design Studios
Net Floor Area 1458.0 m2
Total Cost of Project $7.4 million
Principal Contractor/Builder Minuzzo Project Management
Energy Rating
Carpet & Floor Finishings Polished concrete, carpet, slate tiles
Furniture & Fittings
Shelving Resource Furniture
Signage Arketype  / Trio Sign Solutions
Fixed/Loose Joinery
RFID Technology Bibliotheca RFID – SmartShelves, SmartChute
AV Equipment
Awards & Recognition