From The Ottawa Citizen:
The Ottawa Public Library is exploring the idea of building a new central library in partnership with Library and Archives Canada.
While the nature of the partnership is still up in the air, Tuesday’s announcement comes as the library is the midst of an ambitious project to build a new main branch.
There is still no site, budget or architect for the new central library, but at the heart of the partnership would be a shared facility, with space for exhibits, common spaces and auditoriums.
A partnership with Library and Archives Canada, if it comes to fruition, would cause a sensation in the library world. It would be virtually unprecedented, said library CEO Danielle McDonald.
“I get overwhelmed thinking about it,” she said. “It would be a great public space.”
The head of Library and Archives Canada said the two libraries are just beginning to discuss a potential partnership.
“We are very enthusiastic about this opportunity to work together with the Ottawa Public Library to significantly expand our client base,” said Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. “Our goal is to explore the possibility of partnering together in a shared-use facility to offer value-added services to our clients.”
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