The Oakville Public Library has been quite the hotspot for news lately. Recently, a new CEO was appointed who will be starting Nov. 26, and now big changes are coming for a certain branch of the library.
The Glen Abbey Branch – located within the Glenn Abbey Community Centre in north Oakville.
This branch is the library’s most popular location and brings in more than 350,000 people annually.
This branch, according to the Oakville Public Library, will be undergoing a massive renovation that is a result of the changing use and role of the branch, the increased demand for library services, as well as programs and collections available in surrounding neighbourhoods.
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There are many plans for the Glen Abbey Branch, including a versatile ‘Creation Zone’ that will be modelled after the space at the Iroquois Ridge Branch. In this zone, there is expected to be technology and other materials that will inspire creativity within the community.
The renovation will also focus on creating and reconfiguring flexible programs and study spaces in order to improve operational efficiency, and for the library to serve customers better.
The goal of the renovated branch is to become a community and cultural hub, that attracts and engages youth while increasing the potential for community partnerships.
The renovation will begin in the spring of 2019 and as a result, the branch will be closed for at least six months.
Throughout the renovation process, the library will be collecting feedback and input from the community regarding what they would like to see at this new branch.