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Rosemount Revitalization


Rosemount Revitalization FAQs

  • What will the library look like after the revitalization?


  • Outside, the most prominent change will be a new, enlarged vestibule topped by a glass reading room. This reading room will act as a beacon inviting customers into the library. Inside, the ground floor will be redeveloped to provide two public meeting rooms and more efficient supporting spaces such as modernized washrooms and a book processing room. Upstairs, the space will be rejuvenated while respecting and enhancing the heritage character. There will be a dedicated children’s area in the back wing and spaces in the front reading room for books, computers, reading, study and a dedicated teen zone.


    • Will there be an addition to the building?

      • There will be a new front entrance, a glass reading room and a rear exit stairway. The property upon which the branch sits is too small to expand further.


    • What is it going to cost?

      • Pending Board approval in March 2019, Ottawa Public Library will be spending $2.4 million on this project, which is the largest branch revitalization budget to date.


    • Who is the architect?

      • +VG Architects (The Ventin Group Ltd.) of Ottawa have been selected as the architectural firm for the project following a request for proposal process. The firm has excellent library experience including the renovation of eight other Carnegie libraries in Ontario.


    • How can I participate in the design?

      • Public engagement took place over the fall of 2018. There were 698 respondents to an on-line survey, 107 people attended or responded to an October open house and close to 200 people were engaged during two information sessions in December. The final design will be unveiled in February 2019.


    • When will construction start?

      • Construction is planned for spring 2019.


    • How long will construction take?

      • We expect that the construction will be completed by spring 2020.


    • Will the branch be open during construction?

      • The Rosemount branch will operated out of a temporary storefront location at 1207 Wellington St. W. during the construction period.


    • How will this affect employees?

      • You will see many employees working at the temporary location. Other employees will be working at other branches during the revitalization.


    • Will there be programs during the revitalization?

      • Staff are investigating options for providing programs at other sites in the community.


    • Where can I pick up my holds during the revitalization?

      • Holds will be available at the temporary location.


    • I usually return my books at the branch.  Will I be able to do this at the temporary location?

      • The temporary location will accept returns during the revitalization. Returns can also be made at any of the other 32 OPL branches.


    • What Library services will be available at the temporary location?
    • The temporary location will offer all the same services, but in a limited space and capacity.


    • Is there parking at the temporary location?

      • There is 90-minute free parking on Wellington St., a pay parking lot just west of the temporary location, and metered parking on Hamilton Avenue just east of the temporary location.


    • Where are the closest other branches?

      • Sunnyside branch and Main branch are within 5 km of Rosemount branch.
      • Emerald Plaza branch and Carlingwood branch are within 8 km of  Rosemount branch.