Rosemount Revitalization

READ Rosemount | December 1, 2018  Newswest p.3 / Kitchissippi Times
Looking to the Future
by Josh Nutt, Chair READ Rosemount Community Group

The Ottawa Public Library’s Rosemount Branch recently marked 100 years in its current building on 18 Rosemount Ave. Service is top-notch at Rosemount; the space leaves much to be desired. But after renovations beginning soon, Rosemount will, READ hopes, march into its second century revitalized and ready to provide improved community spaces for reading, reflection, social congregation, and study, notwithstanding the limited space the architects have to work with.

The wonderful new central libraries in Calgary, Halifax (and soon Ottawa!?) herald a new era of public libraries as major and important community spaces of architectural significance that build civic pride. Equally, stunning new branch libraries in urban areas across Canada reflect branch libraries as innovative, interactive, and integrated community hubs. These branches provide powerful models for the Rosemount planning and design team as revitalization and renovation takes shape.

Right here at home, Ottawa’s new Beaverbrook and Greenboro and Kingston’s Rideau Heights branches have wonderful group study spaces. All new and renovated branches across the country have public bookable meeting rooms. Winnipeg’s Windsor Park and Victoria’s sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ | James Bay branches are filled with an abundance of natural light. Most new branches including Markham’s Aaniin and Halifax’s tiny Musquodoboit Harbour branches have curved shelving often on wheels to provide flexibility, but with no diminution of collection size.  Several library systems notably in Victoria, Markham, Winnipeg, Lethbridge and Regina have carefully developed collections, spaces and programming to respect and acknowledge Canada’s Indigenous peoples – First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Technology underpins increasingly responsive and efficient service at new and renovated branches. This includes self-check and automated returns, sophisticated maker spaces and creative studios, ample and mobile public computer access, digital media labs, 24/7 wireless access, and much more. In Halifax and in some new Scandinavian libraries, even after-hours access is offered requiring no staff present.

All new branches have an emphasis on more and varied seating for individuals and groups designed to support leisure, study, and business pursuits. Finally, most new branch libraries increasingly develop with significant community input so that the resulting expenditure of public monies responds closely to identified community needs.

Canada’s urban centres continue to put a priority on good, environmentally sensitive design. Recently five new branches were awarded LEED designation-the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED Silver included the Edmonton/Calder, Kingston/Rideau Heights and Winnipeg/Windsor Park branches; LEED Gold included the Toronto/Albion and Markham/Aaniin branches.

Many new/renovated/expanded branch libraries are part of a larger community complex such as Ottawa’s Greely, Beaverbrook, Greenboro and St-Laurent branches, Vaughan’s Pleasant Ridge and Vellore Village branches, Regina’s Albert Branch at mâmawêyatitân centre (a Cree word for let’s be all together) and Montreal’s Benny branch a part of the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre. These joint ventures, while sometimes challenging, offer enormous advantages to service opportunities.

Let’s hope that a revitalized Rosemount builds on the success of all these recent branch library developments across Canada!

Josh Nutt
Chair, READ Rosemount Community Group
in Newswest December 2018 p. 3

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Rosemount Revitalization Survey Results | November 30, 2018.
The Ottawa Public Library has released the results of the Rosemount Branch Revitalization Project: Public Consultations Feedback & Results. Here is the report summary ” The first public consultation for the Rosemount Revitalization Project, October 3, 2018 was conducted as an Open House where materials were represented to generate discussion and ideas from attendees for the redesigned branch. The Open House was attended by 107 people representing a diverse cross section of library users and community members with varying needs and opinions. A common appreciation for the Rosemount Branch was evident through +VG staff’s conversation with attendees. The open house materials were also posted on-line for comment from October 4 to November 2, 2018. The results the accompanying online survey echoed closely those from the open house. There were 689 respondents.”   Click here for full report. OPL Rosemount Fall Consultation and Survey Results 2018

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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).