It sits at the heart of a city, and beats with the pulse of the people who live there.
It represents the character of the city, peoples’ hopes for the future, and their pride in the community.
Central library buildings are more than just structures. They’re built to represent the community itself, and to offer a common place that unites us and creates something we can all be proud of. It’s one of few public buildings through which we can build an identity reinforce our identity – something that represents Regina and everyone who lives here.
Regina Public Library’s renewal of Central Library was initiated to ensure the people of Regina have a library that serves their needs and makes them proud – a building that enables us to provide quality programs and services far into the future.
We don’t know what the community will expect from its library in years to come, but we have to be ready to provide it. A renewed Central Library will help instill confidence that whatever may come, we’ll be ready for it.
Below is a list of central libraries that have recently been updated or rebuilt. Notice how each one is a very unique structure and incorporates elements of each community into the design: landscapes, geology, people, points of pride, and more.
Each is tailored to the unique needs of its community and has been built to ensure generations of citizens continue to find the library relevant and take pride in their Central Library and what it represents.
Other libraries are considering changes to their Central Libraries:
It’s easy to see that the opportunity to renew or rebuild a central library is a much bigger question than “how much room do we need to house our collections and provide our services?”
RPL has contracted the services of Colliers Project Leaders and KPMG to develop a needs assessment and project plan about the future of Central Library. This report will provide the RPL Board of Directors with a recommendation on the renewal of Central Library.
Research for the needs assessment and project plan will include consultation with the public, which began with a community open house on February 5.
The open house introduced the project and provided background, a summary of activities to date, main objectives of the needs assessment, and potential future activities stemming from it. It was followed by a Q&A session.
We also shared a public survey to gather feedback from the community. The survey closed on Thursday, February 20.
The Board expects the needs assessment and project plan will be ready in spring 2020 and will announce its intentions and next steps following review of it.