South End Library Development

Completed in 2012, the 17,000 square foot South End Library has proven to be a true community centre; a destination hub for a diverse group of community members. Designed from the outset to accommodate a shift in how libraries now function by moving away from entirely quiet, studious spaces to a building that encourages conversation, community and gathering. The design for this new generation of library incorporates not only traditional book stack and circulation areas, but also an outdoor reading garden, patio terrace, comfortable lounges (with a coffee bar), community meeting rooms and an engaging teen and children’s area.   

Photo Gallery: South End Library Project will appear here on the public site.

The essence of the design was based on creating a modern, transparent and welcoming space. To design a beautiful building that inspires both mind and spirit, the 2 storey library maximizes natural daylight, is outfitted with contemporary furnishings/materials of stone, glass and wood and has an open concept floor plan to encourage flexibility and adaptability. The design team sought to create a healthy and secure space for patrons and staff. A large central glass stair case as well as openings throughout the main floor area provides a sense of openness and security by creating increased visibility between floor levels.

 

History 

For nearly a decade, South Branch Library has been identified as a library on the move.

Usage statistics have shown steady increases in service level operations since its very beginnings when the branch was first established in 1973 at Regency Mall on the corner of Regent and Bouchard Streets. Since that time, the branch has occupied three different locations, including space in the Cedar Point Mall, the 1991 Regent Street South site and its current interim location across the street at 2120 Regent Street.

The 1991 Regent Street site held a number of attractive features that make it ideal for a library. The location is ideally suited at a traffic intersection on a major artery in the Four Corners area at a bus stop. The site is highly visible and within close proximity to local area schools and a number of apartment and condominium complexes.

 

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Architectural Profile

Louis Bélanger, BES, B.Arch., OAA, MRAIC
Partner-in-Charge, Project Team Leader

An architect with 25 years of experience, Louis Bélanger brings strong leadership to the team. Mr. Bélanger has great knowledge in the technical and special requirements of institutional buildings and libraries. No stranger to public libraries, Louis has a unique combination of skills and experience in a wide variety of projects that has contributed to the diversity of the firm's portfolio.

Amber Salach, B.A.S., M.Arch.
Intern Architect, Project Support

Ms. Salach brings experience in library projects to the project team, through her work at the Librarie du Nouvel Ontario. Amber is a recent graduate of Carleton University's School of Architecture and recently completed her graduate thesis, graduating with an honours standing.