Books and Flowers

Corner of Station Street and Victoria Road, West Ryde

Grab a book on your way though and appreciate a bright splash of colour on the busy Victoria Road.

This library was a designed and painted as a project of Arts Activation Ryde.
The enthusiastic creatives in this group work collaboratively together to develop a theme and design for the library. They worked over a number of workshops to put it all together…..with the result being wonderful asset for the local community to enjoy.

Arts Activation Ryde is a community and cultural arts project run collaboratively by the City of Ryde and Artisans Ryde Inc. Monthly workshops are designed to bring culturally diverse people together to share their traditional and contemporary arts practice in a supportive and friendly environment.

The City of Ryde is working with the community to share books through the installation of Street Libraries in our public domain.

Our Street libraries offer a range of benefits to the community including:
• Encouraging books to be recycled and shared;
• Providing any member of the community access to literature and the joys of reading;
• Providing opportunities for community members to meet, connect and socialise;
• Enlivening and activating public spaces.

This project aims to increase community activation through installing Street Libraries throughout our public domain. The libraries work on an honesty system with the motto “Take a book; leave a book”.

Council’s City Activation team are leading the project, which works with community groups to design and paint the libraries. A location for the street library is identified, and a suitable custodian of the street library is sourced. The custodian is typically a business that is located adjacent to the library whose role is to monitor and maintain the library, and communicate with Council.

For more information on the City of Ryde Street Library projects, please visit

Located at:Corner of Station Street and Victoria Road, West Ryde

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