Public Library Open House - What we heard

On Jan. 18, 2017, I along with Councillors representing the five urban wards hosted an Open House on the Central Library.  Over 200 people attended to learn more about the newly recommended location for the central library and the criteria used by city staff in formulating this recommendation. Here is a link to a recently written op-ed that I co-wrote with Councillor McKenney in response to the staff recommendation.

Participants at the session had the opportunity to play the role of evaluator. They were asked to evaluate these three Zones on a set of criteria used by city staff in formulating their recommendation for the central library location. 

image of three zones

This is what we heard...

The area located between Bronson Avenue and the Rideau Canal was identified as...

  • The most accessible by public transit, walking and cycling;
  • Offering the closest proximity to the cultural and administrative centre of the City; and
  • The best able to serve our most vulnerable populations.

A full summary of the questions asked and the answers given by participants is available here.

If you couldn’t attend, but would like to participate in this exercise, you can do so via this online survey

I encourage you to attend the OPL Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 31st at 5 p.m., Champlain Room, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. If you wish to speak at the meeting, please contact Julie Tremblay, Library Board Assistant, 613-580-2424 x32169,

Le 18 janvier 2017, les conseillers représentant les cinq quartiers urbains et moi-même avons organisé une journée porte ouverte portant sur la Bibliothèque centrale. Plus de 200 personnes sont venues pour en apprendre davantage sur l’emplacement recommandé pour la nouvelle Bibliothèque centrale de même que les critères utilisés par le personnel de la Ville dans l'élaboration de cette recommandation. Vous trouverez ici un lien vers une lettre d'opinion que j'ai récemment coécrite avec le conseiller McKenney en réponse à la recommandation du personnel.

Les participants à la séance ont eu l'occasion de jouer le rôle d'évaluateur. On leur a demandé d'évaluer trois zones selon un ensemble de critères utilisés par le personnel de la Ville pour formuler leur recommandation pour l'emplacement de la bibliothèque centrale. 

Three zones for review

Voici ce qu'on nous a dit :

La zone située entre l'avenue Bronson et le canal Rideau a été jugé...

le plus accessible en transport en commun, à pied et à vélo;
le plus près du centre culturel et administratif de la ville et
le mieux placé pour servir notre population la plus vulnérable.

Vous trouverez ici (voir document ci-joint) un résumé des questions posées et des réponses données par les participants.

Si vous n'avez pas pu y assister, mais que vous souhaitez participer à cet exercice, vous pouvez le faire par le biais de ce sondage en ligne

Je vous invite à assister à la réunion du conseil d'administration de la BPO, le mardi 31 janvier à 17 h, Salle Champlain, hôtel de Ville, 110, avenue Laurier Ouest. Si vous souhaitez prendre la parole lors de la réunion, veuillez communiquer avec Julie Tremblay, adjointe, Conseil d'administration de la bibliothèque, 613-580-2424, poste 32169,


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Public Library

Not at Confederation Park!! It is one of the few green spaces we have left in downtown. There are plenty of other places that it could go, or why not tear down the present one & rebuild on the same lot?

Central library location

i fully support the recommended location for a new central library on the escarpment west of Bronson. While I understand the concerns of some who do not want it moved from the downtown core, I do not find the arguments in any way persuasive. Too many of them seem to think that the central library should serve only Centretown residents rather than all of Ottawa. I want a library located where everyone in the city can enjoy it and where it can be seen and appreciated. Having it sitting in the middle of a collection of skyscrapers that are dead on weekends is ridiculous. It would be a complete waste of an opportunity to simply kowtow to the residents in that neighbourhood rather than thinking of the city at large. It's true that "library-user surveys indicate that 81 per cent of current users arrive by foot." But might that be because the only people who want to use the existing dank central library are local residents? I certainly never feel a need to go there. But a new, world-class, bright building built just outside the downtown core is something I would visit. And I'm sure I'm not alone.