A new flagship Ottawa Central Library is in the making. Help shape the criteria that will be used to evaluate potential locations for it online. You have until Thursday, June 9 (midnight) to complete the questionnaire online at http://www.OttawaCentralLibrary.ca, or by using public access computers available at any of the Ottawa Public Library’s 33 branches.
The questionnaire is an opportunity for you to rate a list of location factors developed with community input, technical expertise, and best practice research. This is your opportunity to identify what is important to you in selecting a site for this city-building initiative. The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Board will be asked to approve the evaluation criteria and weighting at the July 12 meeting.
In a concurrent process the OPL, working with the City of Ottawa, launched a call-out to identify publicly- and privately-owned sites within the city’s Central Area that could be suitable for the Ottawa Central Library. The sites identified through the call-out, which closed on May 20, will be compiled in a site inventory that will be made public after the site criteria are approved.
The sites in the inventory will be evaluated and analyzed against the Board-approved criteria. This will result in a short-listing of potential sites, which will undergo financial analysis and due diligence. The OPL Board will make a decision before the end of the year regarding the financial framework, potential partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), a project delivery method, and location. The OPL Board will recommend a best approach to Ottawa City Council.
Ground-breaking for the Ottawa Central Library is expected in the spring of 2018 with official opening of a new iconic library in 2020.
For more information and to complete the questionnaire, please click here.