The facility will be 216,000 square feet. It will feature shared spaces, along with spaces devoted to Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada.

Shared spaces:

  • Entrance plaza
  • Outdoor space for programs, activities and gathering
  • Main entrance and Town Square, featuring a café and Friends shop
  • Large multi-purpose meeting spaces
  • Gallery for rare and unique collections, travelling exhibits and community exhibits
  • Genealogy Centre
  • Building services and storage

Ottawa Public Library spaces:

  • Entrance and self-service kiosks
  • Community services
  • Children’s Discovery Centre
  • Creative Centre
  • Teens’ Centre
  • Adult fiction and non-fiction
  • Living Ottawa: past, present and evolving community history
  • Service Coordination Centre
  • Corporate services and operations

Library and Archives Canada spaces:

  • Entrance with access to secure areas
  • Reference services
  • Reading Room
  • Preservation Lab