get involved: overview
Planning for the new Central Library, and subsequent libraries, needs input from those who will use it – and so we have input opportunities timed to directly influence programs and services as well as the role the facility will play in supporting the overall library system.
Think big, dig deep
A two-phased public outreach is taking place from June to October 2012 inviting citizens to share their thoughts about the new Central Library and the overall library system.
Engagement started with a “Think Big” phase that ran from June 14 to the end of to August. This phase uncovered the key expectations and priorities citizens have about libraries. Staff and volunteers were out at dozens of community settings such as parks, malls, recreation centres and transit stations, library branches, and other mainstream events (e.g. festivals, farmer’s markets, concerts, and sporting events) to reach people. An online (or paper) survey made gathering input during this phase easy and fun.
Public events and more later this year
The second phase of public engagement is called “Dig Deep” and will take place throughout September and October. This phase will have citizens evaluate the options, challenges and solutions for addressing the issues and priorities identified in the first phase. This phase will provide opportunities for you to participate in a variety of engagement activities focusing on how the system and the new facility can best meet a range of needs.
A report on all the input gathered will be done in November to inform the development of the functional program – which will outline how the spaces and elements fit together and flow within one building based on the programs and services being offered.
Of course, engagement in the development of the new Central Library does not end there. We will design and widely promote input opportunities for all future stages of the project up to and after opening day. Stay tuned!