Tag Archives: Central Library

Consultations to start June 25 or 26 on Central Library

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.

Review to determine fate of Lorne Street branch library

By Emma Graney, The Leader-Post May 26, 2014  

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.”

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Library budget at City Council Mon. Feb. 24 at 5:30 pm

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.

Library budget on-line for comment

The draft Regina Public Library Budget has been put on the City of Regina website.  It will be going to Executive Committee on Wednesday, January 15th at 11:45 am.

If you want to make a verbal presentation to Executive Committee, you just have to show up and fill in a form.  You will have 10 minutes.

The recommendation is to have it forwarded to the February 24th, 5:30 pm City Council meeting.  If you wish to make a presentation to City Council, you have to provide a written brief of your remarks to the City Clerk’s Office by Thursday, February 20th at 1 pm.  You can email your request and brief to clerks@regina.ca

To see the draft budget go to www.regina.ca/residents/council-committees/meeting-calendar-agenda and then click on the Executive Committee on January 15th and then click on the agenda item EX14-1 on the right hand side and you will either directly see the budget or it will be downloaded to your computer.

Any thoughts on the budget can be sent to FRPL or to your City Councilor if you have concerns or questions.  There is likely going to be a FRPL letter sent to City Council in February.

“Ten years after near closures, libraries ‘booming’”

Article on the ten year anniversary of threatened library closures.

http://www.leaderpost.com/news/years+after+near+closures+libraries+booming/9225311/story.html

Friends commemorate 10th Anniversary of Library closures announcement today

MEDIA ADVISORY

For immediate release: Tuesday November 26, 2013

 Friends commemorate 10th Anniversary of Library closures announcement

 REGINA, SK — Friends of the Regina Public Library are pausing on November 26 to remember the announcement 10 years ago of library closures.

A presentation will be made to the Regina Public Library Board regular meeting, which this month falls on the date of the initial announcement 10 years ago. The presentation will be at 4:30 pm in the RPL Board Room, second floor, Regina Public Library.

It has been 10 years since the people of Regina were shocked by the announcement by the Regina Public Library that due to budget constraints the RPL intended to close the Prince of Wales, Connaught and Glen Elm Branches, the Dunlop Art Gallery and the Prairie History Room.

A lot has changed in that time. Due to the support of Regina’s citizens, brought forward by the Friends of the Regina Public Library, the RPL budget was increased and no closures occurred. The new members of the RPL Board have remained committed to keeping all branches open. The Prince of Wales and Regent Place branches have in fact been moved to new locations. The Dunlop Art Gallery is going strong. The Prairie History Room continues to provide resources to patrons and the RPL Film Theatre is just in the process of converting to digital projection equipment.

The Friends of the Regina Public Library continues to remain active to draw attention to library issues. We believe that the public needs to keep aware of our libraries and their contributions to the community, and we value openness and accountability in library governance.

November 26th is not necessarily a day to celebrate, but a day to commemorate, so that we don’t forget the need to pay attention to our libraries and support their valuable contribution to the City of Regina.

For more information contact:

Joanne Havelock, Cell (306) 535-9570

FRPL AGM Oct 19

The FRPL Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday October 19 at 1:30 pm at the Craft Room of the Core Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre, 445 – 14th Avenue.

RPL survey – discussion of implications – Tues. Aug. 13

 Friends of the Regina Public Library will be holding a meeting to discuss:

– 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

RPL survey – important considerations

What’s in the Survey?

Satisfaction with:

  • RPL services and importance of services in all Branches
  • Parking around Central Library – possibly leading to a costly underground parkade, and certain demolition of the current building

In an upgraded or new Central Library building, possible inclusion of:

  • educational and cultural services
  • access to public computers/technology
  • meeting spaces, conference facilities
  • museum, theatre, entertainment facilities
  • coffee shop
  • retail stores, grocery store
  • offices and condos

When filling out the survey consider:

  • services that are part of our library system that should be continued
  • new services that would contribute to literacy of all kinds
  • need to locate services in Central Library, requiring a much larger space
  • much larger facility would likely lead to a presumed need for a public-private partnership to pay for costs

See the RPL survey at http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld

RPL survey – input on services and buildings

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.