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Building ideas about Central Library

On Feb. 5, members of the public talked about what they would like to see in library services at Central Library.  The participants also gave many suggestions regarding the library building, such as:

  • keep the current building,
  • add another storey or two onto the current building,
  • build an addition on the land west of the current building,
  • build up and over the current building,
  • use the City Hall parkade in some way,
  • become part of the development along the railroad west of the Main Post Office,
  • use some of the other vacant lots in the downtown,
  • have more than one library building location downtown,
  • have a library building and a community centre downtown.

These suggestions have been made in the past, and the Library Board claims to have looked at them. But the public has not seen any reports that review these ideas.

The library must first look at what services it wants to provide. This was part of previous consultations with the public and library staff.  https://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/ The public views will be updated by the current survey. The summation of these ideas should be presented to the public for thorough discussion and prioritization.

The public should also see engineering and architectural reports on the possibilities of the many options concerning the Central Library building, including costs.

After public consensus is achieved, then decisions should be made and efforts to get community support behind funding options could go ahead.

Deadline – CORRECTION – Feb 20 at MIDNIGHT is the deadline for filling out the RPL survey

CORRECTION The RPL survey deadline is actually MIDNIGHT Feb 20.

Thurs. Feb. 20 at 9 AM is the deadline for filling in the survey about Central Library.

The consultants will be compiling their report for decisions by the Library Board. The next public RPL Board meeting is March 24. It is not clear if they will be deciding at that point in time on the major directions of: renovating Central Library, adding on to the current building or demolishing the building and adding on. It is unclear whether the RPL Board will share a tentative decision for public feedback before making the decision final. However, the discussions at the public meeting on Feb. 5 seemed to indicate that the Board would just go ahead with its decision based on the consultants report, “sometime in the spring”..

Of course, later on the consultants will certainly present pictures of design details, but that will not give public scrutiny to the Board’s major decision.

Survey on Central Library

The RPL has a survey about Central Library.
– fill it out online https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCBBK5Y
– print and fill in the attached PDF and bring to a library
– ask for a print copy at any library branch to fill in there

The deadline for filling out the survey is not know, but the consultants want to get their report done in the next couple of months, so try to fill out the survey in the next few days. Public opinion does work and we are the public.

Some things to note:
– The questions are reasonably open-ended.
– Question 8 allows you to add your own comments.
– Question 5 neglects to mention:
………..the Prairie History Room
………..being a source for reference material and research
………..literacy programs
………..Outreach Services https://www.reginalibrary.ca/services/outreach
– The survey doesn’t ask whether you would like to see the current building preserved or ask ideas about how the space could be expanded (extra floors, build on to the west, build up-and-over, use the City Hall parkade for parking, locate some services in another building). How to improve it cost-effectively. Please indicate your suggestions.
– Think about what the Central Library’s role should be in Regina’s downtown. And the options for other organizations or buildings to fill these roles.

We encourage you to look at the previous reports.
Project Main page  https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/major-projects
Previous reports https://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/
– Dialogue community survey
– Central Library building assessment
– Development plan, lots of information and ideas here, see page 85-86 for overview of site, ideas about each area of the library, services that could be provided and space needed.

FRPL members will be meeting to discuss plans concerning Central Library. If you would like to participate in these discussions, please email us, or phone (306) 535-9570

Over 100 people turned out for the meeting on Feb. 5 ! Most were in favour of retaining the current library building, some agreeing with renovations or additions if needed. Many good questions were asked and suggestions made. Here is CTV news coverage https://regina.ctvnews.ca/regina-public-library-looking-to-improve-downtown-location-1.4801093?fbclid=IwAR1vhRuZjsJ9W-y9B8lMfR-1qbB05nSD3FGOJO–9XjsTtbs811j1qR91Ao

Central Library building future Feb 5, 2020

The future of the Central Library building will discussed on Wednesday February 5 at 7 pm on the Mezzanine floor of Central Library.

PLEASE ATTEND as these meetings by consultants will guide future steps regarding Central Library.

See invitation letter from RPL below and attached poster. More information is also available on the RPL website https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/major-projects

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Subject:RPL Open House – February 5th – 7 p.m.Date:Thu, 30 Jan 2020 18:46:33 +0000
From:Jeff Barber
Dear Partners & Stakeholders,
As you may be aware, the RPL Board of Directors and Management team are reviewing options for a renewed Central Library. To support the review of Central, the Board of Directors contracted the services of Colliers Project Leaders and KPMG to develop a business case about the future of Central Library.
RPL is hosting a community open house to provide background, a summary of activities to date, main objectives of the business case, and potential future activities stemming from it, followed by a Q&A session. Your feedback is important to us and we want to ensure you are invited to have your say!
Details are provided in the attached poster as well as below:
Date: February 5, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Mezzanine
Second Floor, Central Library
2311 – 12th Ave
We hope that you can attend to provide your valuable feedback.
Sincerely,
Jeff Barber
Library Director & CEO
Regina Public Library

Albert Library building for sale

As has been known for quite some time that this would happen, the Albert Library building is now up for sale, as the library functions will now move into the new Mâmawêyatitân Centre shared facility.

Here is a news article

http://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1164131

This is the RFP with details

https://www.reginalibrary.ca/sites/default/files/guides/AlbertLibraryRFP-2017-05-25.pdf

Bothwell expansion design review open house Oct 23, 24 and 27th

Please attend these open houses organized by the RPL and contribute your ideas. Forward your thoughts to us at FRPL as well. Thanks!

  • Fri. Oct. 23, 4 to 6 pm
  • Sat. Oct 24, 11 am to 1 pm
  • Tues Oct 27, 1 to 3 pm

From RPL main page, scrolling events http://www.reginalibrary.ca/

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FROM RPL website http://www.reginalibrary.ca/pdf/Patron_Info_Sheet.pdf

George Bothwell Branch – Renovation & Expansion

What are we doing?

Regina Public Library (RPL) is making changes to the George Bothwell Branch to improve our ability to meet community expectations and deliver our programs and services well into the future. This branch, which opened in 1994, is one of our busiest with about 200,000 visits per year and serves the growing population of south Regina as well as many people who travel from other parts of the city to the Southland Mall.
Why are we renovating?
RPL is committed to ongoing renewal of our branches and to our customer base at George Bothwell. With a 20-year history of great service in its current location, it is time to create a 21st Century Library that is functional, flexible, inspiring, inviting, and welcoming to all. We want the space to respect the diversity of the community, to be a place that nurtures learning, creativity and curiosity, and also provides a place for refuge comfort and tranquility.
What have we done to date?
RPL has undertaken public consultations through which we defined a set of principles to guide our work to design the branch for the 21st Century. We have used these principles to prepare a conceptual design that we believe addresses our service needs for the foreseeable future, introduces many new features, and provides the flexibility to evolve as community needs change.
How can you contribute?
We want to hear your thoughts about our current space as well as our new design:
  • What is your favorite aspect of the existing branch?
  • What group of users do you feel is currently under served at the branch?
  • Which spaces/services are you most excited about in the new design?
  • What is most exciting about the expanded space?
What are the key features of the new design?
  • Better connection to the mall with a store front and more windows to see in.
  • Balance between quiet, reflective space and areas to meet and socialize.
  • Children’s area with natural light that is well separated from quiet reading areas.
  • Addition of after-hours access for large meeting spaces.
  • Dedicated space for young adults.
  • Improved washroom facilities.
  • New furniture to improve comfort, and a café space near the mall entrance.
  • Introduction of the Idea Shop: a creative space for the community and library staff.
  • Flexible and responsive spaces throughout the branch including program rooms which can be opened up to the rest of the space.
  • Strong technology support for people with their own devices as well as those using the library’s technologies.

Public meeting comments on Central Library reports

FRPL’s public meeting brought forward a number of points of discussion regarding the RPL’s recent reports on the Central Library upgrade.

FRPL mtg re reports on Central, June 9, 2015

Consultation & building assessment reports available on-line now

Links to the Dialog consultations report and the Group Two building assessment report are available here.
http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/

Leader Post article
http://www.leaderpost.com/…/Regina+libr…/10919215/story.html

Central building conditions & consultation to be discussed

Central Library will be discussed at the RPL Board meeting, Tuesday March 24 at 4:30 pm, second floor Boardroom.

– Jennifer Fix of DIALOG will be making a presentation about the consultation process this summer.

– An engineering firm will be making a presentation on their assessment of the physical condition of the library building.

Please attend if you can.

Please try to get there about 4:15 so seating can be arranged if there are a lot of people attending.

The Dialog report should be available on-line shortly after the Board meeting. Most likely at this webapge: http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld

And could be at this site that has the Dialog consultation process material from 2014 http://www.reginalibrary.ca/centralengagement

Central – Open House – Thurs Sept 18

The following is an invitation from the Regina Public Library. Please attend this important event.

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You spoke and we listened!

The Regina Public Library is nearing the end of a four-month community engagement process regarding your 21st Century Central Library.  You are invited to drop by a come-and-go open house on September 18th, to learn “what we heard” from the citizens of Regina.

 Participants are also welcome to offer further input.

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE:  Your 21st Century Central Library 

                              Thursday, September 18th

                              5:00-8:00 pm

                              Central Library – 2311 12th Avenue

                              2nd Floor, Mezzanine Area

 Refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome!

For more information, please contact Joan at

jniedermayer (at) reginalibrary.ca

306.777.6150