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Share your thoughts on the “spaces and uses” for the new Ottawa Central Library

The public is invited to share their thoughts on the spaces and uses of the new flagship Ottawa Central Library. Two upcoming sessions are the latest in a series of consultations on “what” should be in the new facility. Since 2013, more than 3,000 people have shared their thoughts on this topic both in-person and online.
The sessions will be the first opportunity for people to see how “space and use” planning has developed in response to earlier feedback, best practices, and technical expertise; and to share their thoughts and ideas.

Members of the public can attend one of two sessions, which will be identical in format and content.  The first will take place June 15 in Jean Pigott Place at Ottawa City Hall. The second session is scheduled for June 22 at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), 395 Wellington Street.

Participants can drop-in between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to review information, engage in discussions with internal and external experts, and provide comments and input at themed kiosks.

Earlier this year, the OPL Board directed staff to explore two possible paths for the development of the Ottawa Central Library – either as a standalone building or a joint facility in response to the interest expressed by LAC.

The feedback and input gathered in these sessions, along with best practices and technical expertise will be used to develop detailed requirements.  These requirements will feed into the design process, which will be the focus of public consultations in 2017.

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