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January 19, 2017: Rosemount Library; The future begins now.

January 19, 2017: Rosemount Library;
The future begins now.

By Blaine Marchand R.E.A.D.

2017 will usher in a new chapter in the life of Rosemount branch library as a result of a busy December for the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Board. Not only was there a recommendation on a site for the new main branch, City Council approved the 2017 budget for the OPL as recommended by its Board. Importantly for the community in Kitchissippi Ward, this approval mandated Library staff to commission a business case for the relocation of Rosemount Library.

“The OPL Board agreed with the recommendation of Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) and Councillor Jeff Leiper,” said READ Chair Richard Van Loon in a recent interview. “This recommendation was based on extensive community consultations held in the spring of 2016. Feedback from the community clearly concluded that the current Rosemount Branch was outdated –far too small to meet the needs of users. In the modern area, a branch library needs to be a community gathering place, a space in which everyone feels at home, and where they can access those facilities that are available in other branches where there is a comparable population.”

There are over 40,000 people in the Rosemount catchment area, of whom almost 16,000 are card holders. This makes Rosemount’s total population and number of users similar to those of the Carlingwood and Alta Vista branch libraries. Those two branches have 4.6 and 6 percent of the total branch space in Ottawa, an amount commensurate with their share of the city’s population. Rosemount, in comparison, has only 1.7 percent of the total space. And what it has is obsolete as a visit to the building clearly shows. Rosemount Library needs not only more space but facilities that are up-to-date. Hemmed in by new condominiums and existing buildings, expansion at its current location is simply not possible.

The business case for Rosemount is to be completed in the next few months by consultants selected through a tender process and will be considered as part of the 2018 budget cycle, planning for which begins in early summer.
“While READ is very pleased with the recent Board decision and thankful for the cooperative relationship we have with the OPL Board,” added Van Loon, “READ will remain very active in the coming months. We will suggest potential sites to the Board. We will need to ensure that the business case complies with the community expressed needs for a welcoming facility. The new structure should be large enough to be a welcoming space for our community which expects a modern library branch facility. And one that is comparable to other branches in similar sized areas of the city.”

READ will discuss how to to proceed on this issue at its next two meetings, January 16 and February 13, from 7 to 9 PM, at the Hintonburg Community Centre,1064 Wellington St West. All meetings are open and the public is welcome to attend as READ embarks on this exciting next stage of its work. For more information, please visit the READ website: http://www.readrosemount.ca/ ; its Facebook page; Twitter account; or, send an e-mail to: ReadRosemount@gmail.com.

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Tight for Tots.


Photo Caption: Conditions at the Rosemount branch of the OPL shown here, are crowded and less conducive to effective library use, than conditions at other Ottawa branches. Images of branches with different arrangements for library users are below. Photo courtesy of R.E.A.D.

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Photo Caption: Cramped Conditions at the Rosemount branch. Photo courtesy of R.E.A.D.

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Alta Vista View

Photo Caption: Alta Vista Library

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Space for Teens

Photo Caption: Alta Vista Library teen space.

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