Report to Kitchissippi Ward Forum
January 11, 2017
- READ is a community group working for the pasts two years+ towards a bigger and better Rosemount Library.
- The group is chaired by Richard Van Loon with vice-chairs Emily Addison, Linda Hoad and Marty Plaine.
- READ has almost 400 supporters/residents in the group and has the support of all the 10 community associations in the library’s catchment area (and 2 nearby).
- 40,000 population of the Rosemount catchment area is projected to grow by 20% by 2031.
- In 2016:
- Consult: conducted community consultations with assistance from Councillor Jeff Leiper
- Conclusion: Rosemount has to expand and relocate to be a community hub, a safe community gathering space, a centre for creativity like other community library branches serving similar sized populations.
- Decision: The OPL listened and put plans for renovation of current facility on hold while it conducts a business case for relocation; this was approved by Council in the 2017 budget.
- Why more space? So Rosemount can become a fully modern branch equal to other OPL branches serving similar sized populations in Ottawa.
Rosemount has the highest circulation per square foot of ANY Ottawa Public Library branch; this is not a good statistic-means Rosemount is very For instance,
|Item||Rosemount||Similar branches (Alta Vista, Carlingwood, St-Laurent)|
|Size||6, 089 SF||13,500 SF to 20,000 SF|
|Bookable meeting rooms for public||None||1 or 2 holding between 40-60 people|
|Seating||17||Minimum of 85|
|Teen section||None||In all other branches of similar size area|
- Next READ meeting: Monday, January 1, 2017, 7-9 pm, Hintonburg Community Centre
- Join us – visit the READ website and subscribe to the READ blog: