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Central Library Development Plan – now available

The last of the planning documents related to the upgrade of Central Library has been released.

 Central Library Development Plan (2010).   Available at   http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/?q=node/24

The intent of this work is “to identify RPL’s requirements for the proposed Central Library, beginning from the foundation of the Library’s strategic directions documents, and ending with physical planning concepts.”

Please take a look at this document. Very interesting material!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 SECTION 1 INTRODUCTION

Background…………………………………………………………………….1-1

Descriptions of the Work Performed…………………………………..1-2

Participants …………………………………………………………………….1-3

SECTION 2 DEVELOPMENT PARAMETERS

Introduction …………………………………………………………………….2-1

Strategic Parameters

Introduction……………………………………………………………….2-3

Mission …………………………………………………………………….2-3

Vision……………………………………………………………………….2-3

Values………………………………………………………………………2-3

Service Plan ……………………………………………………………..2-5

Principles ………………………………………………………………….2-8

Role of the Central Library ………………………………………….2-9

Service Delivery Context

Introduction……………………………………………………………..2-13

Background …………………………………………………………….2-13

Social Trends…………………………………………………………..2-14

Trends In Information Management ……………………………2-15

Trends in Technology……………………………………………….2-17

Civic Context …………………………………………………………..2-19

Geography………………………………………………………………2-22

Climate …………………………………………………………………..2-22

History of the Regina Public Library ……………………………2-22

Comparator and Benchmark Libraries ………………………..2-23

Functional Parameters

Introduction……………………………………………………………..2-25

Overall Functional Guidelines ……………………………………2-25

Public Services ………………………………………………………..2-30

Library Infrastructure Services …………………………………..2-44

Other Services and Functions ……………………………………2-47

Physical Parameters

Introduction……………………………………………………………..2-49

Design Objectives ……………………………………………………2-49

Functional Space Types……………………………………………2-58

Gross Space Requirements ………………………………………2-59

Functional Components ……………………………………………2-60

 SECTION 3 SITE AND EXISTING FACILITIES ANALYSIS

Introduction …………………………………………………………………….3-1

Site Analysis …………………………………………………………………..3-2

Existing Facilities Analysis………………………………………………..3-8

Building System Analysis ……………………………………………3-8

Facility Functional Analysis …………………………………………3-8

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 SECTION 4 MASTER PROGRAM

Introduction …………………………………………………………………….4-1

General Planning Criteria………………………………………………….4-3

Site Design Criteria ……………………………………………………4-3

Building Planning Criteria ………………………………………….4-11

Component Planning Criteria…………………………………………..4-15

Introduction……………………………………………………………..4-15

A. Community Forum and Conference Facility

A1 Concourse/Wintergarden ………………………………4-17

A2 Film Theatre (Auditorium) and Seminar Facility..4-18

B. Library Services

B1 Orientation and Information Services………………4-19

B2 Browsing Library…………………………………………..4-20

B3 Children’s…………………………………………………….4-21

B4 Young Adult’s ………………………………………………4-22

B5 Literacy and Outreach Services ……………………..4-23

B6 Fiction Collection and Services ………………………4-24

B7 Technology Centre, IT and Virtual Services……..4-25

B8 Non-Fiction Collection and Services ……………….4-26

B9 Prairie History Room …………………………………….4-27

B10 Dunlop Art Gallery ………………………………………..4-28

C. Support Services

C1 Library Director’s Office…………………………………4-29

C2 Administration and Staff Amenities …………………4-30

C3 Collections Development, Acquisitions/

Cataloguing & Processing……………………………4-31

C4 Operations and Maintenance …………………………4-32

D. Ancillary Space

D1 Retail and Community Services ……………………..4-33

D2 Long Term Expansion Space…………………………4-34

E. General Support Space

E1 Parking ……………………………………………………….4-35

 SECTION 5 PHYSICAL PLAN

Introduction …………………………………………………………………….5-1

Process to Develop Planning Options ………………………………..5-2

Objectives/Terms of Reference for Planning……………………….5-3

Unconstrained Library Building Layout on

Unconstrained Site …………………………………………………….5-4

Contextual Layouts ………………………………………………………….5-7

Option 1 – Stand-Alone Library……………………………………5-7

Option 2 – Library Integrated with

Comprehensive Development………………………………….5-9

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APPENDICES

Appendix A: Regina Public Library – Central Branch Interim

Existing Facility Analysis (P3A Architecture) ………………..A1

Appendix B: Layout Options ……………………………………………..B1

RPL P3 Canada application available

In June 2011 the RPL applied to the P3 Canada (Public Private Partnership) fund for the large redevelopment of Central Library Building.  The application form has finally been made publicly available on the RPL website.  http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/?q=node/23 and is available on the FRPL website. Regina Public Library – Application Form with Supplementary Notes – Round 3

The RPL has since withdrawn this application from the  P3 Canada fund process, because the Masonic Temple property was not available. But it is still very useful to read it for the plans that were there, since aspects may be used in the next design for Central Library.

Is it possible that they might reapply in the future?

Central Library architectural document posted

After repeated requests from FRPL for release of this information to the public, the document prepared by architects concerning the upgrade to Central Library have just been posted at http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/

To view all the pages on the site, click on the Quick Links below as well as the links at the top of the webpage.

Or link to the document here Feasibility Study Report – Final – 2011

 

No Plan, No P3 for Library

NEWS RELEASE: Wednesday June 27, 2012

“No Plan, No P3 for Library”

REGINA — The Friends of the Regina Public Library were astonished Tuesday afternoon to hear that the Regina Public Library now has no plan for the rejuvenation of Central Library.

The Regina Public Library Board disclosed it had spent about $400,000 on feasibility and design studies, which became largely useless when the Masons declined to sell their neighbouring building. The work apparently provided no alternative plans, according to the Library Board Chair.

While the Friends would like to retain the existing Central Library building for heritage and environmental reasons, the need for some major renovations is pressing. There is a need for new elevators, a new heating system, a functioning accessibility ramp and many other upgrades.

“We find it troubling that is no alternate plan. These problems have been documented for many years,” said Jim Holmes, member of the Friends of the RPL.

The Library did commit to release the report detailing the reasons why the Board feels that the Central Library needs to double in size.

The Friends were happy to hear the Library Board has abandoned a public-private partnership (P3) for the Central Library. Chairperson Darlene Hincks Joehnck claimed the Friends would never understand P3’s but evidently she understands them well enough to know it is not a good idea for the Regina Public Library.

Without a plan, the Board does not foresee any public consultations over the summer.

“We are pleased that the Library Board has informed us that it will not be pressing for quick decisions and holding hasty consultations during the summer, a time when it is difficult for the public to participate,” said Joanne Havelock, Chair of the Friends. The Friends are hoping this means there will be no decisions made on Central Library until after the October Civic Elections.

The news was revealed at an RPL Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 26 after repeated requests from the Friends for information about planning for Central Library.

Masons to stay

The Masons have just announced that they will not sell the Masonic Temple – they will be staying in their building.

Don Kerr presentation June 13, 7pm

Please join us for an evening with Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, Don Kerr

Doors open at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at The Artesian 2627 13th Avenue, Regina. Everyone is welcome to this public meeting sponsored by Friends of the Regina Public Library. Donations gratefully accepted.

Don Kerr is a strong advocate of public libraries and heritage conservation. He is the author of A Book in Every Hand, which celebrates the history of public libraries and chronicles the struggles and triumphs of this world-class, made-in-Saskatchewan achievement. Don taught English at the University of Saskatchewan for forty years. He has written short stories, non-fiction, poetry and produced five plays. Don Kerr has worked for architectural preservation and has served on many organizations dedicated to culture and the arts.

The evening will include an update on the Library Board’s proposed redevelopment of Central Library and a public discussion of this plan.

For more information call 535-9570

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FRPL continues to question Library Board

 On Tuesday, May 22nd, The Friends of the Regina Public Library (FRPL) will once again ask the Library Board for more information about the plans for Central Library, and is challenging the Board’s assertion that it has held extensive public consultation.

“We are aware that there have been private discussions with organizations and with City Council members about Central Library, but these have not been shared with the public,” said Joanne Havelock, chair of the Friends of the Public Library. “What does the Library Board consider public consultations to be?”

FRPL is also recommending changes to the Library Board’s meeting process. In recent years, the public meeting has become brief, with the majority of the Board’s discussion held after the public meeting is adjourned. “Accepted practice is that human resources and contract negotiations are reviewed in camera, but other business topics could be discussed in the public meeting,” said Ms. Havelock.  “This would make library governance more democratic, giving the public the opportunity to know what decisions are being made and why.”

The Friends is also requesting that the Board’s meeting agenda be posted in advance on the RPL’s website, and that minutes be posted in a timely manner.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Boardroom of the Regina Public Library. It is open to the public.

Central Branch – what’s next? May 3 meeting.

Plans are moving ahead on this project.  FRPL is holding a meeting to discuss recent developments about Central Branch and determine next steps.

Thursday May 3, 2012, 7 pm.

Fellowship Hall, lower level, Westminster United Church, 3025 13th Avenue. Wheelchair access via elevator at northeast corner of the building.

FRPL presentation to RPL April 24

FRPL made a presentation to the Regina Public Library Board on April 24, asking for information about plans for Central Branch. Covering letter  FRPL to RPL Board – April 18, 2012 – letter – final Presentation FRPL to RPL Board – April 18, 2012 – presentation – final wih addition

A letter from the Library Director dated April 17, 2012 arrived after FRPL had met the formal deadline for making a submission to the April 24 meeting. Jeff_Barber_Letter_-_April_17,_2012

FRPL commented that the information in the letter did not provide enough detail and that the information should have been provided before the Library Board proceeded with its current actions about Central Branch.

The Board did not ask any questions or make any comments on the FRPL presentation.

The following is a LeaderPost article about the presentation. “Friends of the Regina Public Library cries foul”  http://www.leaderpost.com/entertainment/Friends+Regina+Public+Library+cries+foul/6513882/story.html

April 24 RPL Board meeting

We will be back at RPL Board on April 24 at 4:30 pm to try again for answers to our concerns about the planning process around Central Branch upgrades.

Please attend and show your interest in this important issue.

The meeting starts promptly at 4:30, so please try to arrive a bit earlier for seating.