The national engagement process for the architectural design of the facility has been labeled the Inspire555 Series, in a nod to its address: 555 Albert Street, at the western edge of downtown Ottawa, several blocks from Parliament, and on the new LRT line at Pimisi station.

The Inspire555 Series is the latest in an ongoing engagement program for this new national destination that began in 2013, and will continue through 2019 as you help inspire the facility’s design.

The Inspire555 Series will include design workshops, pop-up events, expert lectures, online activities and engagement (local and national), and knowledge sharing with Indigenous communities — all planned for 2019.

Led by world-renowned architects Diamond Schmitt Architects and Ottawa’s KWC Architects, theInspire555 Series will be rolled out in four design phases:


Building Blocks

Spaces and Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Sustainability

Iconic features, Public and Indigenous Art

Winter 2019


Spring 2019

(We are here!)

Summer 2019

Fall 2019


Phase 1 - Building Blocks: How does this amazing location inform and inspire concepts for the new facility?

In the Building Blocks phase, we asked how the joint facility should sit on this amazing site.

What we heard from you:

  • You want the facility to take advantage of the views of the Ottawa River, parks and waterways
  • There should be multiple entrances to accommodate the multiple approaches to the site and all the ways of getting there (bike, walking, LRT, car, bus, etc.)
  • The interior design should invite visitors to wander, discover and explore all of the spaces in the facility.

Stay tuned for the full report.

Phase 2 - Spaces and Relationships

In Phase 2 of Inspire555, we are asking for public input on how spaces in the new facility complement one another, the exterior and the views.

Participants can also take a fresh look at what LAC and OPL spaces and services will be offered in the new facility, and help inspire a design that is flexible and can adapt to customer expectations for generations to come.

Knowledge sharing

In March, the architects and representatives from the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada visited the Pikwàkanagàn and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Algonquin communities.

This meeting was a chance to learn from Elders and community members, and to share knowledge about the project and the significance of the site at 555 Albert Street in Ottawa.

Additional meetings, design workshops and knowledge sharing events are planned with these Algonquin communities, and with local urban and national Indigenous organizations.