The library is a city building and is fully accessible. There is only one elevator, so those with strollers, wheelchairs, or scooters may have a short wait to access the second floor. The tour will wait for all participants to arrive if this is the case.
Library services in the Beaverbrook area started in a room in a community centre in 1967. We have come a long way since then – the newly renovated Beaverbrook branch of the Ottawa Public Library opened its doors to the public in August of 2014. During this in-depth branch tour, we will share a little bit about the history of the library within the community, what has changed, and what remains the same. We will discuss the technology, green initiatives, and public art incorporated into the branch’s design, and look at a few key features of the new branch, such as the RFID automated materials handling technology, the Kanata local history room and the turtle sculptures that greet you at the front door (designed and made by local artist Christopher Griffin).
The Beaverbrook branch strives to provide Kanata residents with services that are customer-centric, and spaces for community, creation, and collections. Come and see how the Ottawa Public Library has planned and designed a new library, and what they have considered and achieved.
The tour will remain at the library (interior and exterior).
Jennifer is a librarian, and has been working at the Beaverbrook Branch since it opened in August 2014. She has been with the Ottawa Public Library for over 13 years. She is keen to introduce the branch to new people, and share some interesting facts about what makes this modern library so special.