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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

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

FRPL AGM Dec 10

Friends of the Regina Public Library’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday December 10 at 7 pm at the United Way, 1440 Scarth Street. Please enter by the North Entrance off the parking lot. The building is Wheelchair accessible. Find out about the latest developments concerning the revamping of Central Library, North Central Shared Facility and other library services. Give your ideas for the actions needed in the year ahead. Refreshments will be provided – also feel free to bring treats to share! For more information call (306) 535-9570.

RPL Budget to Exec Ctte Nov 12

The RPL budget and related request for a mill rate increase from the Library Board goes before City Council’s Executive Committee on Wednesday Nov 12 at 11:45 am.
See the meeting agenda and the budget here.
http://www.regina.ca/…/council-com…/meeting-calendar-agenda/

If you wish to make a presentation to Executive Committee you do not have to pre-register. Just attend the meeting and sign in at the beginning of the meeting to make a presentation. (On the other hand, presentations to City Council meetings must be booked in advance.) The budget will go before City Council for approval of the mill rate increase in December.

The budget contains highlights of the past year and the RPL’s priorities for the year ahead – worth the read! (Only 10 pages.)
Past year activities:
– Glen Elm, Dunlop & Children’s upgrades
– Literacy Cafe and family literacy kits in several languages
– HOOPLA and digital film theatre

Upcoming:
– 2.7% mill rate increase
– commitment to North Central Shared Facility continues,
– Central Library “a new, vibrant, modern gathering place in downtown Regina. A new Central Library will become a distinguishing city landmark, an anchor for downtown activity,and a model of sustainability”
– [branches] will look more like a bookstore than a traditional library
– budget for capital and operating expenses for IT and Collections has increased….there is a strong demand not only for physical books, CDs,and DVDs, but also electronic information sources, downloadables, and streaming resources
– Makerspace conference November 28-29,
– new Service Plan to be developed
– Development Manager hired to lead fund-raising campaign for new Central Library

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