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The Whitsunday Region is home to four libraries located in Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine!

The libraries are opened Monday to Friday from 8.15am to 4.45pm, and our Bowen, Cannonvale and Proserpine branches are also open on Saturday's from 8.45am to 11.45pm.

History of the Proserpine Library

On 29 March 1958 the Proserpine Municipal Library was first opened on Main Street. Before that a small library with a limited circulation was operated by the School of Arts under the patronage of the Proserpine Sugar Mill.

Miss P Banks of Ryde was appointed as Librarian on 17 January 1958 having been set the task of establishing the Municipal Library in an old wooden house which had been purchased, shifted to the rear of the new Council Chambers and renovated to house 1,200 miscellaneous books donated by the School of Arts and around 1,000 adult non-fiction books loaned from the Public Library of Brisbane.

On 2 December 1961 the Honorable E. Evans, M.L.A. (Minister for Development, Mines, Main Roads and Electricity) officially opened the Proserpine Shire Council Civic Centre together with a newly built library at the rear of the building.

The library’s current premises were opened by the Honorable R. Borbridge M.L.A (Premier of Queensland) on Thursday, 16 April 1998. The building was architecturally designed by Barry Elliss and built by Woollam Constructions, who received a Master Builder’s Construction Award for public and community facilities in 1999.

A major extension was added in August 2004 with a time capsule being buried under the concrete path leading to the side entrance of the library.

Proserpine Municipal Library - 1961

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    67 Herbert Street, Bowen
    Shop 23 Whitsunday Plaza, Cannonvale
    Cnr. Stanley and Conway Streets, Collinsville
    52 Main Street, Proserpine
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