All five floors of public and staff space, including the Glass Pavilion, Breezeway and the Noel Ryan Auditorium will be part of the renovation. This is the first large-scale renovation of Central Library to take place since its opening in 1991.
Customers will be able to browse and borrow thousands of new books, DVDs, video games and much more.
The new library will offer more self-serve options and access to upgraded technology throughout the building. Additional Makerspace and Maker elements will include sound and video studios, maker studio, digitization, digital creation and virtual reality.
During the renovation period, approximately 28,000 sq. ft. of public space will be added within the existing building, along with plans for an additional 6,000 sq. ft. of secondary space on the fourth floor overlooking Celebration Square.
The new facility will meet AODA requirements to provide barrier-free access.
Upgraded technology throughout the building will offer more self-serve options, along with greater access to digital collections and in-library services.
A new interactive and creative children’s space on the first floor will enable enhanced programming and gathering.
Students will benefit from more single-use quiet spaces and multi-use rooms that will support a wide range of programming, meeting and study needs.
An enhanced Open Window Hub will support homelessness outreach and prevention.
Customers will have access to a new reflection room for prayer, meditation or quiet contemplation.
The Glass Pavilion will become a flexible space equipped with computer and tablet technologies to accommodate after-hours research and study.
An upgraded Breezeway will enable customers to vend physical materials, access our digital collections and download library eBooks, movies and music, with holds lockers for picking up reserved materials after hours.
Food services that offer exciting choices will be available on the main floor.