The January 5, 2017 issue of the Kitchissippi Times is devoted to the 2016 year in review. READ Rosemount was a featured item for March. Here is the text below and if you check the front page of the issue carefully you will see a picture of READ Chair Rick Van Loon.
“A Wish List for the Oldest Library in Ottawa
KT finished March by checking out the history of Ottawa’s oldest [branch] library, Rosemount Library. The building nearly a century old, is “well loved” supporters say, but the need for improvements brought about public consultations for the future of this community institution. Attendees expressed concerns about the building’s cramped quarters and lack of suitable utilities holding it back from continuing to serve its role to the public. Feedback from these sessions led the Rosemount Expansion and Development group (READ) to present recommendations to the Ottawa Public Library Board in September. Expansion is not viable. Rosemount needs to relocate and rebuild in order to become a viable library for the 21st century . The OPL board put a pause on renovation plans at its meeting in November. “
READ update note: In December during the budget process, City Council approved the OPL board’s request to do a business case to determine the best way to proceed.
AND – to underscore the need for more space, the 2015 OPL statistics confirm that Rosemount had the highest circulation of materials per square foot of ALL the 33 branches in the OPL system.