Accessibility, sustainability, and community engagement top of mind for Ottawa Centre M.P. Catherine McKenna, ahead of joint Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada facility consultation
For Immediate Release
OTTAWA, February 28, 2019
Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, who championed the successful federal investment of $73.3 million for the joint partnership between Ottawa Public Library (OPL), and Library and Archives Canada (LAC), is excited to see this project consultation kick-off. “A new world-class library facility is something Ottawa residents wanted; I heard this and promised to fight for it during the last election.” The collaboration between the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada for this new joint facility will be of great benefit to residents in the National Capital Region, and to Canadians more broadly. With this partnership there is the opportunity to showcase Library and Archives’ valuable documents, artifacts and paintings that illustrate Canada’s history and cultural heritage. This will make a visit to the new central library a richer experience for residents and visitors to the nation’s capital alike.
“An iconic library is more than stunning design, it’s whether the building is easy to get to and navigate once inside, McKenna said. “It’s whether your book club can meet there, and if rambunctious children, maturing teenagers and seniors are all welcome and engaged.”
New libraries in Halifax and Calgary include features like beautiful reading rooms, recording and video studios, dedicated areas for children and teens and popular cafes. Ottawa’s new library should follow suit with spaces for community gathering, performance art, learning and laughter, as well as for quiet work, reflection and respite,” McKenna said.
As the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Canada, McKenna also applauds the commitment by the design team to strive for a carbon zero building.
McKenna is excited to hear directly from residents at the first community consultation this Thursday and encourages interested groups and residents to view upcoming consultation details: https://ottawacentrallibrary.ca/get-involved
Ottawa Centre Constituency Office