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Presentations and letters about Central’s future

The following letters were submitted to the City of Regina Executive Committee’s meeting on September 7, 2022, where the RPL made their proposal to tear down the current Central Library building and build a new building.

FRPL news release FRPL News Release – Sept 6, 2022 final

FRPL (letter sent in, presentation made) FRPL to Regina Exec Ctte Sept 1, 2022 – final

Florence Stratton (letter sent in, presentation made) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CENTRAL LIBRARY

Jeannie Mah  (letter sent in, presentation made) RPL + Central Library_ Sept 7, 2022

Jim Elliott  (letter sent in, presentation made) EX22-82 Jim Elliott

Shawne Arzab (letter sent in)Shawne Arzab to Regina Exec Ctte Sept 1, 2022 final


Central Library Proposal Sept 7 at City Executive Committee

The Regina Public Library Board will present its proposal about the future of Central Library at 9 am on Wed Sept 7th

Direct link to Agenda

Direct link to the PDF that contains the RPL proposal and citizen presentations

First the RPL will make its presentation, then the citizens will make their presentations. RPL presentation (pages 189 to 208).

Delegations – EX22-82 (presentations) 

• Joanne Havelock, Friends of the Regina Public Library

• Jim Elliott

• Barbara McNeil

• Florence Stratton

• Jeannie Mah

– Letters were sent in by:

  • Joanne Havelock, Friends of the Regina Public Library (pages 17 to 19),
  • Jim Elliott (page 20) plus RPL Building Assessment Report (pages 21 to 185 including RPL Modernization, Order of Magnitude Cost Estimate pages 155 to 185).
  • Shawne Arzab (pages 186-187)
  • Florence Stratton (but not included in this agenda)

You can attend the meeting in person. Or, the meeting will be broadcast through the City of Regina’s meeting portal and through Access Communications  See details on this page  (City Council meetings are usually broadcast on Access channel 7 TV, but Committee meetings are not usually broadcast on TV, so watch online or attend in person.)

In future, if you go to the City website, the link is to the meeting portal of the City of Regina. Scroll down, identify the meeting, and select Agenda, Agenda Packet, live video of the meeting, minutes, recorded video of meeting.

Also, at any time you can send in letters to the City Clerks to pass on to the Councillors, and email or phone City Councillors directly.

FRPL AGM 2021 Oct 23

FRPL AGM 1:00 pm Sat. Oct 23. Zoom and phone-in options. In-person at Access Communications Boardroom. People must be double vaccinated and wear masks. Please preregister by emailing frpl (at) or phoning or texting (306) 535-9570.

Lots of interesting updates and discussion about library services and trends, future of Central Library, FRPL future activities. Hope you can join us!

Central Library – update

Central Library will NOT be on the RPL Board’s June 22 agenda – the RPL Board is waiting for reports from the consultants. Their next regularly scheduled Board meeting is September 28. It is not know if Central Library will be on the agenda or if or when a special meeting could be called.

However, this is still a good time, before decisions are made, for people to put in some efforts to support the retention of the modernist building and ensure full public involvement in any decisions made

Please go ahead and:
– Let FRPL know your thoughts
– Email or write to the RPL Board
– Contact Regina’s Mayor and City Councillors

Please email or phone FRPL if you have an interest regarding Central Library
– Share ideas or information
– Research examples of modernist library buildings
– Assist with planning ways to inform the public
– Other suggestions …..

Central Library – June 22 Decisions

The future of Reginas modernist Central Library, may be decided at the RPL Board meeting on June 22, 2021.

A report from Colliers Project Leaders and KPMG to the RPL Board, is expected to be on the RPL Board agenda on June 22, 2021; a draft agenda will be posted on Friday June 11 at The deadline for: 1. A submission; and, 2. a request to make a presentation to the Board which must be clearly stated in your email to the Board and in your submission, would be Wednesday June 16 at 12 Noon. See the precise rules for making a submission here, which must be followed.

See more information at

Provincial library funding

FRPL has sent a letter to the Saskatchewan Minister of Education encouraging an increase in funding to the provincial library system. We are also asking for a report and list of actions resulting from the recent provincial library review.

RPL budget at City – March 24, 1:00 pm

FRPL has sent in a letter about the RPL budget.

We will be making a presentation sometime after 1 pm Wed. Mar 24. To see the budget meeting agenda go to the City website

New RPL Board reps – Masters & Findura

The two new City Council representatives on the Regina Public Library Board will be Mayor Sandra Masters and Councilor John Findura.
The full slate of the committees that all the City Councilors are recommended for is in the December 2 City Council meeting packet on pages 88 to 89

FRPL AGM Sat Nov 26 1:30 pm

For the FRPL AGM, there are several options for participating.

For those that haven’t Zoomed before: 1. You can join by phone 2. You can click on the meeting link and download Zoom 3. If downloading Zoom doesn’t work for you , you can go to this webpage []. Click on Join a Meeting . Enter the Meeting ID. Enter Passcode.

Email to get the Meeting Link, ID and Passcode.

Please try to sign up at 1:15 so we can get settled before the meeting starts at 1:30.

Central Library decision June 23

The RPL Board will likely be deciding on the future of the Central Library Building at its June 23, 2020 Board meeting.

We feel that this decision should not be made at this time.

If you have comments and want to make a presentation or have your ideas put to the RPL Board, please send your letter to the RPL Board by 12:00 noon on Wednesday June 17 at

Meetings today are teleconferences.  If you want to make a presentation at the RPL teleconference meeting, you need to make a request. 

The RPL’s draft agenda will be available on Friday June 12 at this website

Here are some points you may wish to put into your comments:

1. Who you are and what your relationship to the Regina Public Library is

2. Why you think the public needs to have an opportunity to respond to the proposed design and future of the Downtown Branch

3. Do you feel it correct to have the decision made about the future of the Downtown Branch without public input

4. What do you think the RPL Board needs to do to have a good design and something that the patrons will like and accept

5. Do you think the future branch should be a renovated branch, an expanded branch or something else

Prior to this meeting, the RPL Board developed steps for the development of the future branch.

The steps for doing something re Central Library are outlined in the attached letter sent by Jeff Barber, in response to questions from FRPL in a letter, also attached.

The report from the consultants is anticipated to be presented to the June 23, 2020 meeting of the RPL Board.

However the consultant’s report won’t be available until after the meeting, perhaps not until the meeting minutes are approved at the RPL Board meeting of September 22, 2020 and then subsequently posted to the RPL website.

Quote from attached RPL letter re steps on Central Library

Phase 1 – Project Initiation and Board Approvals:

  • Review all existing/prior studies, plans and documentation relating to the Central Library; make recommendations to RPL and, if approved by RPL, undertake or procure additional studies and reports to support the preparation of a business case for the Project and the Board’s decision-making.
  • Conduct a high-level review of branch functional operations to verify/validate the role/function of Central Library within the system.
  • Update the Central Library functional programming document and review Central Library from a city-wide perspective, taking into account RPL’s multi-location system in the context of the current population, configuration, demographics, and projected growth of the city.
  • Plan, prepare for, facilitate and report on workshops with key stakeholders, including the Board and RPL staff, as required. Plan, prepare for, facilitate and report on internal and external stakeholder, community and customer engagement activities, as required, to support the Project’s communication plan, develop support for the Project, and to obtain input and feedback on the planned spaces and services in a renewed Central Library.
  • Advise RPL regarding permitting, building code, regulatory, zoning and bylaw compliance requirements and identify strategies to address any issues (e.g. parking requirements, communication to external stakeholders). Undertake financial analysis and feasibility of various funding sources and approaches, including researching grants and borrowing options, and present funding options to support decision making.
  • Outline the logistical and financial considerations for temporary accommodation of library operations, including a plan for acquisition, renovation, moves to and from, and internal and external communications, along with an assessment of operational restrictions and impacts during the temporary relocation, as required.
  • Develop and present to the Board a business case and assist the Board to make decisions regarding the Central Library renewal project.