Milestones

Past and future milestones on the way to our Central Library.
Nov
15
2018
Preferred proponent recommended to design new central library

After a review of 33 submissions from architectural firms from around the world, and a shortlist of five finalists, the Evaluation Committee for the new joint facility shared by Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has recommended entering into negotiations with the consortium of Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects.

Jul
16
2018
Future site of new central library to be local and national destination

Mayor Jim Watson and The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, with Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, dedicated the future home of a joint facility shared by the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada. Dignitaries unveiled a sign designating the site at the corner of Albert Street and Commissioner Street.

Jun
13
2018
City Council approves the Implementation Plan for the Ottawa Central Library Project

The City of Ottawa Council approved the implementation plan for the new Ottawa Central Library. The City will build the library as a joint facility with Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada at 557 Wellington Street. The City will contribute $104.2 million to the $174.8-million facility and the costs for the 200-space parking garage.

May
29
2018
Report on the Implementation Plan released and Request for Proposals for Professional Design Services issued

A report on the implementation plan for the Ottawa Central Library will be presented to the Ottawa Public Library Board on June 4, 2018, Finance and Economic Development Committee on June 5, 2018, and rise to City Council on June 13, 2018. Request for Proposals for Professional Design Services for the new Ottawa Central Library was released on May 29, 2018.

Apr
17
2018
City announces shortlist of five teams to design new central library

A new milestone has been achieved in the project to create a new Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada joint facility. A City of Ottawa Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process for professional design services, initiated in May of 2017, has resulted in the selection of five shortlisted teams from 33 submissions received. The shortlisted teams have been invited to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

Feb
27
2018
Government of Canada 2018 Budget proposes funding for Library and Archives Canada – Ottawa Public Library joint facility

Federal Budget 2018 provides $73.3 million over six years starting in 2018-19, with $4 million per year ongoing thereafter, to support the construction and operations of a new joint facility to house Library and Archives Canada and the Ottawa Public Library. This represents the federal government’s share of the project.

May
19
2017
RFQ for design services has been issued
The City of Ottawa has issued its Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for professional design services for the Central Library. A shortlist of up to five proponents will be chosen and invited to submit a formal proposal during the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase.
Feb
18
2017
Ottawa Public Library receives Council approval for new flagship Ottawa Central Library

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) received City Council approval to develop a new 216,000 square-foot Ottawa Central Library joint facility with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) at 557 Wellington Street. City Council further approved a design-bid-build procurement process in order to ensure maximum control over the facility design, as well as approval in principle for the City-funded portion ($99 million) of the $168 million facility.