Charlottetown Library Learning Centre moving to bigger location
A new modernized library will serve the changing needs of Islanders at a larger, accessible location in the Dominion Building in downtown Charlottetown.
“Like everything else, libraries need to meet the changing needs of the people who use them,” said Library Board Chair Helen Hyndman. “We are really looking forward to this free gathering place where all ages can enjoy everything from wifi to baby story time; teen programs; tech training for seniors; talking books, regular books, e-books and even musical instruments or snowshoes to borrow. It will be a vibrant, exciting space where people will want to go.”
“This new library will be a modern and accessible space for Islanders to gather and take part in cultural activities and lifelong learning opportunities,” said Premier Dennis King. “When we support our community spaces like our public libraries, we are investing in the creativity, talent and social inclusion of many generations to come.”
The current library averages 5,000 visitors weekly. The new space will be double the size to create a modern flagship library for the province where many more people can be accommodated.
“Today’s libraries serve not only as a resource for information or as somewhere to take out a book, they are also community hubs, places to experience new ideas and get lost in wonderful stories as they support literacy and lifelong learning,” said Jinny Greaves- Executive Director at PEI Literacy Alliance.
In 2016, a consultant’s report determined the library required significantly more space to meet current demand and future growth and recommended exploring options for a move to a larger and accessible space. Downtown Charlottetown Inc. and community partners formed the non-profit Charlottetown Library Learning Centre Inc. to secure funding, which includes funding from the City of Charlottetown.
The project will go ahead with close to $16 million dollars of funding from the federal and provincial governments and the non-profit Charlottetown Library Learning Centre Inc. The province will continue to take care of operation, materials and staff.
The new library will be available to everyone and it is expected to open its doors in the summer of 2020.