Rosemount Library Renos Begin. READ, August 2019

Area residents have been asking what is happening to the Rosemount renovation project??? Good News! As of August 14, 2019 the security fencing around the building has been installed and demolition has begun. The hoarding will include a covered walkway to be built on the road in front of the library. So the Rosemount Library reno is on its way! Have a look.

Rosemount pre-reno

Rosemount library to close for renos in June 2019

Scaled-down services will be available in a temporary spot at 1207 Wellington St. W.
CBC News – Posted May 13, 2019 –  Trevor Pritchard/CBC Ottawa
The Ottawa Public Library branch in Hintonburg is closing on Monday, June 3 to allow for renovation work that’s expected to take nearly a year. If the $2.4M project goes according to plan, the century-old branch should reopen in spring 2020 according to a news release issued by the City on Monday. Residents will be able to access some of the services normally offered by the branch, but on a reduced scale at 1207 Wellington St W. about a 5 minute walk west of the Rosemount branch. Otherwise the nearest branches are Main, Sunnyside, Emerald Plaza and Carlingwood.

For full article and architectural renderings of what the space will look like click here.

See also

Global News – Beatrice Local Online Journalist “OPL’s Rosemount Branch to close for renovations starting June 3.”

New Central Library Civic Engagement Process

READ Rosemount encourages citizens to become engaged in the design and development processes 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 | Feb 8, 2019

The civic engagement process for Ottawa’s new central library facility at 555 Albert Street has begun. The process is labeled “Inspire555 Series“. The first two engagement workshops are scheduled for: Thursday, February 28 in the Pellan Room of the Library and Archives Canada building 395 Wellington E. from 6-9 pm and Saturday, March 2 in Hall A of the Nepean Sportsplex from 9-12 pm.

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.

ALERT: Rosemount Revitalization Open House-Round Two!

The Ottawa Public Library has announced that a second set of community consultations with the architects on the revitalization of the Rosemount Library will take place at two Open Houses on:
Thursday, December 13, 2018;   6 to 8 pm   and
Saturday, December 15, 2018; Noon to 2 pm.

Come by the  branch, meet your neighbours, hear the architects and share your ideas about what Rosemount branch can be.

Josh Nutt, Chair, READ Rosemount Community Group

Calgary’s New Central Library Opened Nov 1, 2018

While we are all waiting for our revitalized Rosemount Branch and Ottawa’s new central library to take shape, let’s have a look at (and celebrate!) the new central library in Calgary which opened Nov 1, 2018.  It was designed by Snøhetta, a Norwegian firm in partnership with the Canadian firm Dialog. Snøhetta also designed the Isabel Bader Performing Arts Centre (opened 2014) in Kingston (ON), the Norwegian Opera and Ballet Centre in Oslo (opened 2008) and the Olso Deichmanske Central Library scheduled to open in 2020.
Here are links to the news articles on the new Calgary Central Library:

CBC 
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/new-calgary-central-library-opens-1.4885079

Global:
https://globalnews.ca/video/4619442/calgarys-new-central-library-now-open-to-the-public

 Calgary Herald
https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/spectacular-new-central-library-opens-with-an-emphasis-on-younger-generation

 Canadian Architect
https://www.canadianarchitect.com/architecture/official-opening-design-of-new-calgary-library-gets-positive-reviews/1003745010/

CBC
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/indigenous-art-calgary-central-library-1.4813475

Have a look at Canada’s newest central library! 

Rosemount Library Revitalization: Ensuring Community Voices are Heard

READ Rosemount, Oct 21, 2018

On October 3, the Ottawa Public Library hosted a very well attended open house regarding the revitalization of the Rosemount library-a branch the Ottawa Public Library located in a 100 year old building. The small lower-level meeting/program space at Rosemount was packed as members of the community circulated to examine design ideas for the future Rosemount. Attendees shared their own ideas and feedback by writing on Post-It notes and attaching them to various poster-boards created by +VG Architects – the project architects.

”The Open House was busy and shows that our community is keenly interested on the future of our local library,” said Josh Nutt, Chair of the Rosemount Expansion and Development Group (READ). “I heard great ideas for how to make Rosemount better and a bit bigger. The OPL and +VG Architects must take the time to reflect on what the community said and incorporate the feedback into the preliminary design. READ will continue to hold the OPL accountable and will push for a presentation from the architects when the preliminary design is released in December 2018.”

One particular design element that seemed to be the subject of criticism was the OPL’s focus on outdoor space. Many open house attendees expressed concerns that outdoor space would have limited use given Ottawa’s climate. In READ’s view, the focus should be on expanding and improving the indoor space.

The ongoing community consultations allow residents to give feedback on all aspects of the proposed renovation. READ believes that the Rosemount branch must meet the demands of the diverse and growing Kitchissippi neighbourhood. The library should be re-designed so it becomes an innovative, interactive, and integrated community hub. READ also encourages people to consider what design features would allow Rosemount to serve the high-needs and vulnerable groups and individuals in the community.

The Ottawa Public Library is still seeking feedback through an online survey. As well as the survey, the display boards and photos used at the Open House are also on the OPL website at biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/rosemount-revitalization-presentation.

A second consultation in December will present a preliminary design based on the input received from the community. READ is asking that the format for this December consultation feature a presentation by the architects, followed by a question and answer session. It is important that there be a dialogue so all attendees can hear each other’s viewpoints.

To see what’s happening with library branch development in other urban Canadian cities CLICK HERE

READ Rosemount 

To Restore Civil Society Start with the Library

Eric Klinenberg. New York Times. September 8. 2018
Excerpts:

A lot of powerful forces in society seem to think so. In recent years, declines in the circulation of bound books in some parts of the country have led prominent critics to argue that libraries are no longer serving their historical function. Countless elected officials insist that in the 21st century — when so many books are digitized, so much public culture exists online and so often people interact virtually — libraries no longer need the support they once commanded. …

But the problem that libraries face today isn’t irrelevance. Indeed, in New York and many other cities, library circulation, program attendance and average hours spent visiting are up. The real problem that libraries face is that so many people are using them, and for such a wide variety of purposes, that library systems and their employees are overwhelmed. According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, about half of all Americans ages 16 and over used a public library in the past year, and two-thirds say that closing their local branch would have a “major impact on their community.” …

Libraries are an example of what I call “social infrastructure”: the physical spaces and organizations that shape the way people interact. Libraries don’t just provide free access to books and other cultural materials, they also offer things like companionship for older adults, de facto child care for busy parents, language instruction for immigrants and welcoming public spaces for the poor, the homeless and young people. …

In many neighborhoods, particularly those where young people aren’t hyper-scheduled in formal after-school programs, libraries are highly popular among adolescents and teenagers who want to spend time with other people their age. One reason is that they’re open, accessible and free. Another is that the library staff members welcome them; in many branches, they even assign areas for teenagers to be with one another. …

Libraries are the kinds of places where people with different backgrounds, passions and interests can take part in a living democratic culture. They are the kinds of places where the public, private and philanthropic sectors can work together to reach for something higher than the bottom line. …

This summer, Forbes magazine published an article arguing that libraries no longer served a purpose and did not deserve public support. The author, an economist, suggested that Amazon replace libraries with its own retail outlets, and claimed that most Americans would prefer a free-market option. The public response — from librarians especially, but also public officials and ordinary citizens — was so overwhelmingly negative that Forbes deleted the article from its website.

For full article:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/08/opinion/sunday/civil-society-library.html

New libraries in Canada

5 Teams Bidding to design Ottawa’s New Central Library

April 17, 2018  CBC.CA
The winner will go on to design the new central library/Library and Archives Canada joint facility. Ottawa is one step closer to getting a new main branch. The five teams were selected out of 33 submissions received by the City since May 2017 and all have experience with projects of similar size and scope including libraries, archives, performing arts centres or museums, according to a news release. The five teams are: Bing Thom Architects & GRC Architects; Diamond Schmitt & KWC Architects; Mecanoo International & NORR Architects & Engineers Ltd; Patkau Architects, MSDL Architects & GRC Architects; and Schmidt/hammer/lassen, KPMB Architects & Hobin Architecture Inc.

For more click here.