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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

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.
Jeff Barber
Library Director & CEO
Regina Public Library


Central – Open House – Thurs Sept 18

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


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


RPL consultations “Launch Party” June 25th

June 25th – RPL Consultation. More details about the event on the 25th. Please plan to attend! Note that you are supposed to RSVP to Shari Uhersky, Central Engagement <centralengagement (at) reginalibrary.ca> 306-519-6866

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Central Engagement
Date: Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Subject: Launch Party at RPL
Good Morning,
Regina Public Library (RPL) is pleased to invite you to take part in an exciting event occurring this Wednesday, June 25th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at RPL’s Central Library. As a supporter, neighbour and friend of RPL, your support and advice is important to us. That’s why we’d like to invite you to participate in a special launch event for our public engagement process.
Please RSVP at your earliest convenience. Thank you.
Shari Uhersky
Central Engagement
Wednesday, June 25 | 7:00-9:00 pm | Central Library
7:00 pm – Hear from a nationally renowned library futurist and award-winning architect on 21st Century libraries, and the vital role they play in city-building and community prosperity.
8:00 pm – Ask questions and offer your input.
Kid’s activities (ages 4-13) and refreshments | Everyone is welcome!
Learn more about this public process here: www.reginalibrary.ca/centralengagement
Ken Roberts is a former Chief Librarian and member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on the Future of Libraries. He is a children’s literature author and award-winning writer for television and comedic plays, and has received both the Canadian Library Association’s Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award and the Ontario Public Library Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bruce Haden is a principal and architect at the design firm, DIALOG, where he recently led the design of a new library in Vancouver that incorporates YWCA housing. His projects are diverse, ranging from public buildings to First Nations projects. Bruce led the design of the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, which won a 2008 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

It is an exciting time for the Central Library. The Regina Public Library Board is exploring how the Central Library will look and function in the 21st Century, and we are embarking on a city-wide public dialogue to help…

RPL consultation process media release

Regina Public Library Central Library Development Process

 Jun. 6, 2014

Regina, SK – Regina Public Library (RPL) is pleased to announce the hiring of the public engagement firm, DIALOG, for the Board’s public consultations regarding the future of the city’s downtown Central Library. In addressing the challenges facing the Library, the RPL Board and Executive are re-engaging the public to talk about their needs and aspirations for their Library system, and their Central Library, as fundamental in properly preparing for the future.

The public consultation process will begin with key stakeholder consultations followed by full public engagement taking place later in June, and throughout the summer and early fall. A launch event for the public consultations will be held June 25th at Central Library for the media and the public to ask questions and get engaged.

“It is a great privilege to work with people who have such a passion for their work and understand the challenges before them, but also embrace input from the community. That means opening up a dialogue with the people who support them and the people they serve,” said Jennifer Fix, DIALOG Spokesperson.

DIALOG is a Vancouver-based company working with partners who have developed a specialty in library system public engagement through their acclaimed efforts with Vancouver Public Library and Calgary Public Library. DIALOG will now assist RPL in plotting a course for the future.

“Engaging the staff, stakeholders and public on the future of the Central Library is incredibly important to RPL and we’re pleased to work with DIALOG on this part of the project. This is a very exciting time for the Library,” said Darryl Lucke, Chair of the RPL Board of Directors.


For more information please contact: Rick Fink, Manager, Marketing & Communications, Regina Public Library, Phone: 306.777.6015, Cell: 306.535.8144

From http://www.reginalibrary.ca/blogs/media/blogs/press/RPL_MR_CLD_Dialog.pdf

Also posted at http://slta.ca/news-events/item/?n=305


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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Masonic Temple Wins Heritage Award

Saving Regina Masonic Temple brings an award

 By Will Chabun, Leader-Post June 1, 2013

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Saving+Regina+Masonic+Temple+brings+award+with+gallery/8512624/story.html

Don Ford, president of the board of directors of the Regina Masonic Temple at 1930 Lorne Street in Regina SK on June 11, 2013.  The organization is receiving an award for architectural heritage today in regards to the building´s gorgeous architecture.

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?

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

Poster FRPL_Jun13_mini_poster