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.
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.
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
………..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
Subject:RPL Open House – February 5th – 7 p.m.Date:Thu, 30 Jan 2020 18:46:33 +0000
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
Second Floor, Central Library
2311 – 12th Ave
We hope that you can attend to provide your valuable feedback.
Public presentations will be on December 9, City Council will then meet on December 10 to handle motions relate to budget items. So the actual vote on the RPL budget mill rate request may not occur until December 10. This two day process is new to City Council this year.
Thursday May 2nd. 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Room 112 College Building, 2155 College Ave., Regina
Course Fee: $5 unless otherwise stated (See note below re coupon)
BIBLIO FILES: A HISTORY OF THE REGINA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Join Biblio Files editors, Susan Birley, Anne Campbell and Jeannie Mah, to learn about the past hundred years of the Regina Public Library. Discover how the Library evolved, over decades of technological and cultural shifts, to reflect the needs of the community. The RPL story, told through the voices of Chief Librarians, library workers, RPL Board and community members, will be of interest to students of women’s history, social history, cultural institutions and anyone who loves libraries.
Please come out and support the Film Theatre and other recommendations for improvements in library services!
If you can, stay after the delegation presentations to hear Agenda items #8 and #9. The manager presentations are usually quite interesting, showing how their department is organized, recent accomplishments and future plans. For a long time FRPL has been encouraging the Library Board to have more openness and information in the public portion of their meetings, and they have responded and included these manager presentations and other discussions in the open part of the meetings.
8. Manager Presentation
a. Physical Plant → THERE COULD BE NEWS ON THE CONDITION OF CENTRAL LIBRARY BUILDING
b. Information Technology → LIKELY SHOWING THEIR NEW IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE PROJECTS AND INVESTMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY
9. Information Items
a. Former Albert Branch Building → THE RPL IS TRYING TO SELL THE BUILDING TO SOMEONE WHO WOULD USE IT FOR A COMMUNITY-RELATED PURPOSE
b. RPL Inspires Update → THIS IS THE SURVEY THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PUBLIC RESULTS FOR
Want to help out FRPL? Stay and hear these presentations and take some notes and pass them along to the Friends of the Regina Public Library to share with others.
FRPL AGM Sat Oct 21, 2017, 1:30 PM, Artful Dodger, 1631 11th Avenue. It’s been a significant year for libraries in the province. Topics include: Central Library, Prairie History Room, new Albert Library, RPL Strategic Plan, Provincial library funding, FRPL Events, History Book launch