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.
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.Josh Nutt, Chair READ Rosemount
Click here for Resources where you will find Rosemount Comparative Stats.
READ Rosemount Chair Josh Nutt made the following presentation to OPL Board.
READ and others already spoke passionately about the need to expand the Rosemount Library at the October board meeting. Rather than rehashing the case for expanding Rosemount, today I want to use my five minutes to talk about how the OPL funds capital projects more broadly.
As urban neighbourhoods intensify, there will be more pressure placed on existing infrastructure. A primary example is the City’s planning rules which call for greater intensification around transit stations. In our neighbourhood around Tunney’s Pasture, it is not uncommon for what was previously a single family home to be replaced with a fourplex. There are even several projects on the go where single lots are being transformed into 20+ unit buildings. While the City’s pro-intensification position is laudable, the City needs to make sure that the necessary supporting infrastructure is in place. This includes a wide variety of hard infrastructure, social services, and libraries.Continue reading Dec 5, 2017: READ Presents to OPL Board on 2018 Budget→
What? On October 10:The Ottawa Public Library Board is scheduled to make an important decision about the future of the Rosemount Library. A consultant will present a business case that examines options to renovate Rosemount or build a new Rosemount at a nearby site. OPL staff will also make a presentation and recommendations. The Board will then discuss the options and vote on the recommendations before them. READ will make a presentation urging the OPL to commit to building a new, larger library that will meet the community’s current and future needs. READ strongly supports choosing a nearby site, such as an expansion of the Hintonburg Community Centre.
“While our neighbourhood does not have access to the same level of development charges as other parts of the city, this should not be an impediment to our residents having access to high-quality library services offered in other Ottawa branch libraries” Josh Nutt, Chair READ Rosemount. Kitchissippi Times/Newswest Sept 28. 2017. Read more…..
Toronto Public Library has opened a sparkling new replacement for the old Albion branch in the Etobicoke area. The new Albion is “a community amenity..The books are still there but so are laptops, 3-D printers, video terminals and digital hubs. Talking and eating are ok but there are quiet study rooms too. Gone are the dimly lit interiors, replaced with open spaces filled with natural light and comfortable furniture.” Designed by Perkins + Will this 26.6 K SF, $15M branch library also “stands out as a unique presence on the streetscape“. Christopher Hume, Toronto Star
Over the past decade, new and renovated public library branches have been showcasing our great Canadian architects and their most spectacular, innovative works. This is the first of a continuing series on stunning new and renovated library branches in Canada. So bookmark them for your travels. You will be inspired and warmly welcomed. The first set in the series includes:
Brampton (Gore Meadows Community Centre and Library)
Calgary (Nose Hill branch)
Edmonton (Jasper Place branch)
Mississauga (Meadowvale Community Centre and Library)
Ottawa (Beaverbrook branch)
Toronto (Scarborough Civic Centre branch)
Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library) and,
Waterloo (John M. Harper branch).
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READ Rosemount has written to Mayor Jim Watson and OPL Board Chair/Councillor Tim Tierney to request the City and Library commit to a plan that “will lead to a new Rosemount library that meets the community’s current and future needs.” The Rosemount branch library building (18 Rosemount Ave in Hintonburg/Kitchissippi Ward 15) will be 100 years old in 2018. It is heavily used and loved by the community it serves…but it is too small and only half the size of comparable serving branches. It was expanded in 1932 and the only major renovation was completed in the 1980’s. It has the highest circulation/sq.ft and the third highest number of visitors/sq.ft. of all OPL’s 33 branches. However, it has no public, bookable meeting rooms (25 other branches have such rooms) and vastly fewer seats and public access computers than other branches of comparable activity. It is on the OPL board’s priority list for capital renewal. For further information contact READ Chair, Josh Nutt (firstname.lastname@example.org ) For the full text of the letter click here.