Milestones

Past and future milestones on the way to our Central Library.
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.

Jan
31
2017
Ottawa Public Library Board approves recommendations for new Ottawa Central Library

The Ottawa Public Library Board approved staff recommendations for the new iconic Ottawa Central Library (OCL) in the nation’s capital. The building is to be built as a joint facility with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) at 557 Wellington Street, steps from the intersection of Albert St. and Bronson Ave. The recommendations will go to Ottawa City Council for approval on February 8, 2017.

Dec
15
2016
Ottawa Public Library announces recommendations for new flagship Ottawa Central Library

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) released a report recommending that the new Ottawa Central Library (OCL) be built as a joint facility with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) at 557 Wellington Street, which is located steps from Bronson and Albert Streets.

Jul
12
2016
Site Evaluation Criteria approved

Two sets of criteria were approved for evaluating sites: one for the OPL stand-alone facility, one for the OPL-LAC joint facility. Read the full report here.

Jun
15
2016
OPL hosted two sessions for the public to provide feedback on what the Central Library should include.

In June 2016, the public was invited to share their thoughts on the spaces and uses of the new flagship Ottawa Central Library. This was an opportunity for people to see how “space and use” planning has developed in response to earlier feedback, best practices, and technical expertise. Two sessions were held: one at Ottawa City Hall on June 15, 2016, and the other at Library and Archives Canada at 395 Wellington Street on June 22, 2016.

May
16
2016
OPL hosted two sessions to collect your thoughts on what’s most important about where we build the new Ottawa Central Library.

Two bilingual working sessions were held on May 16, 2016 in order to gather public input into the development of site evaluation criteria – used to evaluate the sites in the inventory. Following the in-person sessions, the public had an opportunity to respond to an online questionnaire to share their thoughts. The feedback received is available in the Reports section, with the July 2016 report to the Board.

May
10
2016
Public engagement framework approved by OPL board.

The board approved a recommended public engagement framework for the Ottawa Central Library project, including specific engagement activities that will be undertaken.

Public Engagement Framework