Posted: September 12, 2017
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Want to learn more about the East Side Branch Library project? Join us at one of our Public Information Sessions to hear the latest news and see stunning designs for a proposed new library on the east side of Waterloo.

Public Information Sessions

At these Info Sessions, the following information will be presented:

-        Background on the Feasibility Study

-        Possible design concepts for the East Side Branch Library

-        Discussion about how the space will be used

The Public Information Sessions will be held on the following dates/times:

Dates

Tuesday, September 19 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Thursday, September 21 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Presentation will begin at 7:30pm.

Location

RIM Park - Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre

2001 University Ave, Waterloo, ON N2K 4K4

Rooms 207 & 208           

Registration is not required.

EAST SIDE BRANCH LIBRARY SURVEY

We want to hear from you about the programs and services you'd like to see offered at the proposed East Side Branch Library. Click on the link below to complete a 2 - 3 minute survey and let us know your thoughts!

East Side Branch Library Survey

BACKGROUND

Since 2015, the Waterloo Public Library and the City of Waterloo have been working in partnership on the East Side Branch Library Project.

To plan for East Side Branch Library service, the Waterloo Public Library Board commissioned Lighthouse Consulting in 2015 to undertake a needs assessment. The goal of the study was to engage the community to articulate their vision for the proposed East Side Branch Library and Main Library. This was achieved through focus groups and an online survey. Recurring themes for the East Side included strong emphasis on technology-based programs and services, inspiring space to meet and gather, tween/teen space, accessible location, free parking and opportunities for community based partnerships. 

On June 20, 2016, City of Waterloo Council approved the RIM Park Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre as a preferred location for a potential new East Side Branch Library, the specific location, design and building amenities to be determined via ongoing review, a Feasibility Study including but not limited to schematic/conceptual design options, and public engagement.

FEASIBILITY STUDY

In September 2016, studioCANOO Architecture was contracted by the Waterloo Public Library and City of Waterloo as a Consultant to lead a Feasibility Study which would address the following objectives:

-        Assess the proposed site for the East Side Branch Library

-        Provide conceptual/schematic drawings for a new library building at the proposed site

-        Collaborate with the Waterloo Public Library and City of Waterloo to create a public engagement plan

-        Provide a final report and recommendation in partnership with Waterloo Public Library and City of Waterloo to City Council in November 2017

The East Side Branch Library project team (comprised of WPL and City staff members) has been working collaboratively with studioCANOO to advance the Feasibility Study.

Based on the work to date, the project team is recommending that an approximately 11,500 sq.ft, one-storey, building addition and approximately 2,200 sq.ft renovation of existing space (total Library floor area of approximately 13,700 sq.ft) on the east side of the RIM Park Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre be advanced to the conclusion of the Feasibility Study.