Milestones

Past and future milestones on the way to our Central Library.
Oct
01
2022
Central Library opens to the public

Projected opening of the Ottawa Central Library

Jun
01
2018
Ground breaking

Projected date for construction to begin

Jan
10
2018
Building design process

Attention will be turned to the form of the building – the design!

May
01
2017
Pre-construction process set to begin

The pre-construction process of issuing a request for Qualifications (RFQ) and a Request for Proposals (RFP) in order to negotiate contracts for the design and build of the Central Library.

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.