Voices from the Community

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Staff member JK submitting comments on behalf of Infoservice Caller Joan Klug: She wanted to suggest the Department of Defence buildings as the perfect location for the new Main Library. If too large, we could partner with Ottawa U libraries, and have shops on the ground floor. The buildings have always looked severe; it would be a win-win to have the new library above the Canal in the heart of the City, and getting a much-needed facelift at the same time. She heard that staff were moving from DND. This would be the perfect opportunity to move into that space.
Joan Klug
I am totally in favour of building a new central public library. The current facility is a cramped, dysfunctional architectural monstrosity. The best site for the new facility is the site at 557 Wellington Street that the library board and the mayor are recommending for all of the reasons they have outlined. It's a great site, in terms of size and location. It is close to the LRT and will therefore be accessible to everyone. There is no comparable location in old Centretown or anywhere.
Jeffrey R. Ebner
The proposed site is not convenient to downtown for walkers (even less so for mobility challenged patrons) who constitute 80% of visitors to the existing location. Have the Library Board members tried walking up that hill on a nice winter day? The much vaunted LRT is a 300 meter walk - hardly steps away - and for those without a monthly pass, using transit effectively imposes a $5 to 7 user fee to go to the library. The new librry should be accessible to the current clientele and close to other amenities in the downtown core.
George Phemister

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