Rosemount Branch BREAKING NEWS

ROSEMOUNT Library Reno Updates.
Posted by READ Rosemount, March 2, 2020

Renovations continue at the Rosemount Library. Demolition is complete and the interior work is ongoing. Here are a couple of photos to show the progress.
Check out the OPL’s website for full details:

Rosemount Children’s area under renovation.

ROSEMOUNT Reading room area under renovation.


ROSEMOUNT Library Renovations have Begun
Posted by READ Rosemount October 27, 2019

READ Chair Josh Nutt recently received the following information from the Ottawa Public Library.

The Rosemount project is proceeding as per schedule. We will be posting periodic photos and updates on the website to let the community see the progress. So far, its has been a process of demolition so there isn’t much to show. Most of the interior demolition is complete. As is the case with any old building, there were a few surprises, but everything is proceeding well.

You will note that the tree in the front has been removed. This was a difficult decision; however, it was necessary for the foundation work for the new addition. When the construction is complete, it will be replaced by a Serviceberry tree which is native to Ontario, low maintenance and salt tolerant. It has dramatic seasonal interests with masses of showy white flowers in spring and brilliant yellow to red leaves colour in the fall. The red to purplish-black edible fruit in June will attracts birds. The new tree will be approximately 3m high when planted and will grow to a maximum of 6m high with a spread of 4m. This is an appropriately scaled tree for the planter and the restrictions of the overhead hydro wires nearby.

The other obvious news is that the sidewalk in front of the library is closed. Closure will remain in effect until the end of October when a new sidewalk will be completed. This is required to install the foundations for the new retaining wall, stairs and ramp. Construction staff are working with the public to help them safely cross the street and are accommodating school children before and after school, to the extent feasible.

Dan Martelock, the artist selected to create a piece of community art for the Children’s space, completed his community engagement over the summer.  He will be working with local children this fall to move the project to the next stage.
Submitted by Elizabeth Sampson, Facilities Planning and Development, Ottawa Public Library


Rosemount Library renovations are about to begin.
  READ. Posted August 21, 2019

Many area residents have been wondering what is happening to the Rosemount renovation project. Good News! As of August 14, 2019 the security fencing around the building was being installed and this will include a covered walkway to be built on the road in front of the library. So we are on the way! Have a look.

Rosemount Reno starts with the construction hoarding going up, Aug 2019

Meanwhile, here is a photo of the recently completed (2019) $2.8M renovation of the St. John’s (Carnegie 1915) in Winnipeg. Funding included $50K from the Government of Canada.


Rosemount Temporary Branch Opens June 5, 2019   | Posted June 5, 2019| Updated August 21, 2019

The Rosemount branch closed for renovations as of Monday, June 3, 2019 until spring 2020 when the branch will re-open. A temporary storefront location opened today, Wednesday June 5th, at 1207 Wellington Street West on Wednesday. The temporary storefront and will offer most of the same services on a smaller scale. Customers can pick up their holds and can return items at the temporary location, as well as at any of OPL’s 32 other branches.

Services available at the temporary location:

Rosemount Temp Home 1207 Wellington W. Credit: READ
  • Return borrowed materials (items can be returned 24/7 through a book drop by the entrance)
  • Pick up holds
  • WiFi, Chromebooks and public printing
  • Browse and borrow EXPRESS items and a small, but diverse, collection of regular materials
  • Newspapers that can be read at the location
  • During the summer the branch staff will offer the following programs in the Park at 366 Parkdale
    • Tuesdays Story Time 10:15 am – for children of all ages. Drop-in
    • Thursday Morning Baby Story Times 10:15 am – stories rhymes and songs for babies 0-18 months and their caregivers. Drop -n
    • Wednesdays and Thursdays: Library in the Park 2:00 pm. Read, crafts, play. Drop-in.

Hours of the temporary location 

Monday10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Tuesday10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Wednesday10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Thursday10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Friday1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am – 5:00 pm

There is 90-minute free parking on Wellington Street, a pay parking lot just west of the temporary location, and metered parking on Hamilton Avenue just east of the temporary location.

To access other Library services during the closure, the nearest branches within 5 km are the Main branch at 120 Metcalfe and the Sunnyside branch at 1049 Bank. Emerald Plaza branch at 1547 Merivale and the Carlingwood branch at 281 Woodroffe are within 8 km of Rosemount branch.

Revitalizing and renovating the Rosemount branch are being designed to enhance the customer experience by significantly increasing public space, improving and expanding seating options, enlarging and improving the entrance, allowing more natural light, and incorporating public art. It will also address building code deficiencies, meet accessibility requirements and restore heritage character.

For architectural renderings of what the space will look like click here


Ottawa’s New Central Library  |   June  2019

READ Rosemount encourages all citizens to become engaged in the design and development of Ottawa’s New Central Library to be located at 555 Albert Street on LeBreton Flats .

Engagement Process Unveiled for Ottawa’s new Central Library. 

The civic engagement process for Ottawa’s new central library facility at 555 Albert Street has begun. The process is labeled as “Inspire555 Series” . The first two engagement workshops were held in March and May of 2019. There are two more scheduled for the summer and early fall of 2019.

To register for one of the workshops (free) Click here:

For more detailed information on the process Click here.

Stay informed and have your say. Bookmark the website dedicated to the new central library. Click here.




What’s happening with library branch development in Canadian urban cities CLICK HERE
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Read Rosemount, Spring 2018

READ Rosemount has said many times that Rosemount is a very busy branch. We’ve said many times that Rosemount is over crowded. And we’ve said many times that due to its size, Rosemount cannot provide the same great services available in other comparable OPL branches. Our volunteers have worked tirelessly to document the case for an expanded Rosemount branch primarily using the OPL’s own data.
Now that data is available in a convenient and easy to read document.
Take a look at how Rosemount compares to six other branches serving similarly sized populations. We think that you will agree that our community deserves an expanded Rosemount branch library.
Josh Nutt, Chair READ Rosemount

Click here for  Resources   where you will find detailed Rosemount Comparative Stats. 


Have a look at some other great OPL branch libraries to which Rosemount aspires.  ↓

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How Can You Help?

READ is a group of volunteers working to support the Rosemount Library located at 18 Rosemount in the Hintonburg are of Ottawa, just east of Parkdale St.  Over the 2019 year Rosemount will undergo a $2.4M revitalization

1. Join the READ email list:

         2. Respond to any of the Library’s requests for input and public consultation

3. Sign up for the READ blog posts: see the bottom of right hand sidebar of this page.

4. Follow READ on Facebook

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Tell your neighbours, friends and community organizers you are involved with about READ and this site so that the message can travel even further.

AND… to learn the basics about the issue, start with these links to other items on the READ website:

  1. Why expansion and development is needed
  2. READ’s mandate and quick backgrounder