January 27, 2022

Canada: Renovation Begins in Cambridge, Ontario to Turn Historic Post Office Building Into Digital Library Branch

From 570News.com:

The official groundbreaking of the new digital Idea Exchange branch took place in Cambridge Monday morning.

From The Record:

The city-owned Galt post office, ready to be stripped down and gussied up in a $13.5-million transfusion and transformation, is now the professional drawing room for the Toronto architectural firm Ilic works for.


Now, the goal is to have the old post office/library transcend time as the nation’s first totally digital library. A “maker lab” on the top level is to feature 3D printers and high-tech doodads. A kids’ discovery level, a reading room/restaurant level serviced by Cambridge-based Monigram Coffee Roasters and a basement space for teens will also featured.


That’s the past-meets-future sales pitch, if you buy into this pricey accessory — originally envisioned on a lesser scale with half the budget — to the nearby Queen’s Square main library branch.

“I think that’s part of the charm of the building,” said Helen Kelly, chief executive of Cambridge’s library entity, called the Idea Exchange.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.