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Central Library Development approved as a 2015-2018 Term of Council Strategic Initiative

Jul 8 2015

Ottawa – The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is one step closer to realizing its vision for a new Central Library after City Council approved the Central Library development as a strategic initiative in the 2015 – 2018 Term of Council Priorities.

“This is great news for the Ottawa Public Library as we embark on developing a new Central Library in Ottawa,” said Tim Tierney, Chair, Ottawa Public Library Board and Councillor of Ward 11, Beacon Hill – Cyrville.  “Today’s approval signifies City Council’s support of the next steps toward a new build facility for learning, creation, and collaboration.”

With the approval of the Central Library development as a strategic initiative, staff will proceed with Stage 1 in project planning: prepare a Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) and Request for Information (RFI) in order to gauge potential interest in partnership opportunities in developing a new Central Library facility for Ottawa.

“This is an exciting project as a new Central Library has the potential to be a catalyst for economic development and tourism, and to elevate the level of citizen pride in our City,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I’ve said it before, and with Council’s approval today I’m even more convinced, we can deliver a truly world-class facility for our nation’s capital.”

In the fall, the public will be asked to provide input into this stage of project planning. Specifically, input will be sought on characteristics for both building design concepts and location. Information on how the public will be involved will be available on the OPL website at as well as

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