January 26, 2022

Canada: Federal Government Commits $73 Million For New Ottawa Super Library (Public Library and National Library)

From The Ottawa Citizen:

The federal Liberals will to help fund a $168-million [$130.9-million/USD] super library, giving the City of Ottawa the confirmation it needs to start planning a facility on LeBreton Flats in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada.

The federal budget released Tuesday earmarks $73.3 million [$57.1-million] mover six years for the joint facility, which includes funding for operations.


The preliminary building plan calls for 215,458 square feet in a four-storey building, divided 61 per cent and 39 per cent between OPL and Library and Archives Canada, respectively. Shared amenities would include the entrance plaza, meeting rooms, outdoor programming space, an exhibition gallery and a genealogy centre.

“This new building will be an iconic community hub, a single door to the national library and archives, and a world-class public library in Canada’s capital city which will increase citizen participation in the community and improve access to Canada’s history, culture and collective knowledge,” the federal budget says.

The feds expect the building to open in 2023.

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See Also: In Partnership with National Library/Archives, New $168 Million “Super Library” Recommended for City Land (December 15, 2016)

See Also: City of Ottawa and Library and Archives Canada In Talks to Team Up For a New Central Library (January 13, 2016)

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