Celebrating Stunning New Urban Public Library Branches in Canada, May 2017

An article first published  in the Ex Libris newsletter
by Barbara Clubb
1st in a series
May 2017


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).

The focus has been on striking design, natural light, technological and physical adaptability, accessibility and flexibility, environmental sustainability, sensitivity to surroundings both natural and cultural, and creating remarkable points of pride in these eight community gathering places. Technology is leveraged at every turn and includes self-check systems, maker spaces, creative studios, wireless access, hot spot loans and more. Four in the first set are part of a larger community facility. And still there are lots of books.

For the complete article and the accompanying photo gallery –  Click here.