Rosemount Branch Library Renovations to Begin

READ Rosemount | August 17, 2018.

It’s official! The architects for the renovation of the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library will be the Ontario firm +VG Architects (the Ventin Group). READ Rosemount is excited to be participating in the consultations and encourages everyone in the community to actively get involved in the design process beginning Fall 2018 (see OPL statement below). Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff Leiper tweeted out August 10ththat he ran into firm representatives at the library the other day so they are already hard at work. Some of the other libraries in the + VG Architects portfolio include: Drayton library (Township of Mapleton, ON), Callander library (Callander Bay on the shores of Lake Nipissing, ON), Hillsburg library (Township of Wellington, ON), Fergus library, Peterborough library and  Clearview library branch in Stayner, ON (northwest of Barrie).

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From the OPL website:

Rosemount Revitalization.  Ottawa Public Library has engaged +VG Architects to design the revitalization of the Rosemount branch. This project will extensively renovate and refresh the branch, address building condition and accessibility issues, improve efficiencies, and modestly increase public floor space.

+VG Architects is an award-winning architectural firm known for innovative approaches to their design. Carnegie Library upgrade projects represent a core competency of their experience; having completed projects at eight of Ontario’s remaining Carnegie Libraries (more than 10%).

Overall Design Objectives:

  • Provide functional, flexible library spaces by creating multi-use areas with open sight lines;
  • Rehabilitate building elements, while retaining and complementing the building’s historic character;
  • Address accessibility requirements;
  • Address sustainability requirements;
  • Address building code requirements;
  • and Incorporate Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles.

Public input is a key to the success of the Rosemount Revitalization, and is set to begin in early Fall 2018. More information and specific dates to follow in September 2018. Construction is tentatively set to begin in April 2019, at which time the branch will be closed for revitalization. Service to the community will continue at a temporary site at 1207 Wellington Street West

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HOW DOES ROSEMOUNT COMPARE
WITH OTHER OPL Branches?

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 Rosemount Comparative Stats. 

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The Rosemount Library marked 100 years in its current location on April 21, 2018. Many elected and appointed officials attended and spoke at the event including Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper, MPP Yasir Naqvi, Councillor Mark Taylor representing Mayor Watson, Chair and Councillor Tim Tierney, CEO Danielle McDonald.
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Rosemount’s Case for Space – in photos 

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

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Member Meetings

Monday, August 27th , 2018
Time: 7-9 pm.
Location:  Hintonburg Community Centre

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How Can I 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.  The library urgently requires updating and expansion to meet the needs of the community. We have traction with the library staff, the library board, and are working with all levels of government. We are now looking to engage the broader community….that means you.

  1. Get involved in the OPL community consultations for public input to be held in the fall of 2018.

2. Sign the Statement of Support for Rosemount Library. Every name will help to  advocate for Rosemount’s update and expansion. Here’s the link

Signez le déclaration d’appui à la succursale RosemountChaque nom nous aidera à plaider pour la revitalisation   et l’expansion de Rosemount. Voici le lien.

       3. Join the READ email list: readrosemount@gmail.com

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

5. Follow READ on Facebook

6. Follow READ on Twitter

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:

  1. Why expansion and development is needed
  2. READ’s mandate and quick backgrounder
  3. READ’s blog for the latest news – see menu at bottom of page.