Plans for new Central Public Library

At a OCA Board Meeting on 21 May, Sarah Anson-Cartwright spoke to us about BOOKMARK THE CORE, a group formed to address the concern that the new Central Public Library be an iconic building located downtown.

The Board made a motion to support this endeavour. Following is more information on Bookmark the Core and an invitation to get involved.


On Tuesday, June 9, at 5:00 pm at City Hall, the Ottawa Public Library Board will meet about plans for a new central library. The link to the agenda and reports is below.

This is an important meeting about moving forward with the central library project. This project has had very little public consultation to date, but it’s so valuable to Ottawa. It really warrants input from citizens. Please consider attending the public meeting to show your interest. (Send an email to Julie Tremblay, per the agenda, if you’d like to speak as a delegation. I believe anyone will be allowed to ask questions.)

As you know, Bookmark the Core is advocating the new central library be located in “downtown” Ottawa. LeBreton Flats, or even the City-owned site (and “preferred” site in one of the reports) at 557 Wellington is not “downtown” and is away from the hubbub. It is not accessible on foot, situated below the escarpment, west of Bronson. Location matters if the new library is to be well used and visited by people who need it.

Please consider turning out on Tuesday early evening at City Hall (Andrew Haydon Hall, starting at 5:00 pm). Bookmark the Core would value support for a well-designed and well-located library in the downtown core.

Here’s the meeting agenda and link to reports:

I’d be pleased to hear from you — with comments or questions, or simply to hear if you will be there!

Best regards,

Sarah Anson-Cartwright

Bookmark the Core: Citizens for a new central library in downtown Ottawa


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