At a recent RPL Board meeting it was stated that consultations on the future of Central Library building would start around June 25 or 26 and have various components over the next 3 or 4 months.
But for now, Regina Public Library is just looking for an engineering review of the Lorne Street branch, the results of which will play a role in determining the building’s fate.
Jeff Barber, library director and CEO, said information on the public consultations will likely be released in the next couple of weeks.
First up, he said, the building has to be assessed. The library released a request for proposals (RFP) on Friday, asking a firm to “establish a minimum-cost baseline as (the library) reviews options to refurbish, renovate or replace the existing building.”
The contract will be awarded in July.
Despite the wording in the RFP, which certainly doesn’t rule out the possibility of a new library, Barber insisted “this isn’t about building a new building.
“We’re looking at this more of an update on the construction and status of the building,” he said.
“There has been a concern of the state of the building for quite some time.”
Barber named poor insulation and a roof and windows that need replacing as issues the branch needs to conquer.
A 2010 Regina Public Library report also listed off numerous criticisms of the central branch, from the size of the elevator to issues with the circulation desk, the ventilation and acoustics of the puppet theatre and the general layout and usage of the building.
That led to the development of grand plans for a new Cultural Centre Redevelopment Project, which would have housed a new Central Library branch, the Globe Theatre, restaurants, retail stores, a museum and a hotel. Although there were public consultations about the development, the Friends of the Library group criticized the project and accused the library board of a lack of transparency.
In the end the project was kiboshed after the Masons voted against selling their historic Masonic Temple, which is adjacent to the downtown library and was critical to the redevelopment plans.
Barber said the information from this new engineering review would “form part of the decision-making process for the board in the fall.”
The Regina Public Library budget goes before City Council on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm.
Friends of the Regina Public Library will be making a presentation based on this letter. FRPL to City re RPL budget 2014 – Feb 20 – final
Please attend the City Council meeting to show your support for Friends of the Regina Public Library and for our libraries.
The City Council meeting starts at 5:30. The Library budget is often one the first items discussed.
– the RPL survey questions
– the implications of the survey for library services
– the implications of the survey for library facilities
– the implications of the survey for Central Library
– the potential for upcoming release of designs and consultations
– what about people who can’t fill in an on-line survey & timing of the survey over summer
– actions to be taken
Tuesday August 13, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 – 13th Ave, Regina
The RPL Board’s survey is located at http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld
What’s in the Survey?
In an upgraded or new Central Library building, possible inclusion of:
When filling out the survey consider:
See the RPL survey at http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld
RPL Survey on until August 31, 2013
The online survey is intended to give input to the Regina Public Library Board about programs, services and facilities that Central Library and the Branches provide to their patrons. http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/
The Friends see Central Library as more than simply another branch but as an historic provider of the Children’s Branch, Dunlop Art Gallery, Film Theatre and Prairie History Room as part of the basics of the library system. For 51 years, these have been a valuable part of Regina’s libraries and need to be kept. An underground parkade, or other major additional demands will likely lead to demolishment of the current heritage modernist building.
The survey doesn’t ask about keeping the current building – put ideas on this and other topics in the last question. Please fill out the survey. Pass this on to your friends.
If you can’t do the survey on-line call the RPL (306) 777-6000 or the Friends (306) 535-9570.