In just weeks the Vancouver Public Library’s main branch will be getting a bit of work done.
At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, members will decide which pre-qualified construction company will be awarded the multi-million dollar renovation contract.
Chief Librarian Sandra Singh says the plan is to start the renovation by mid-March or early April.
In total it will cost about $15 Million, and the library will be expanding by 35,000 square feet, into two levels.
“The money coming from the City of Vancouver, who is contributing nine Million dollars to the project, and we are raising a further six million dollars through fundraising for it.”
“So these new spaces that we’re going to be able to add will provide, finally, a quiet reading room, which we have not been able to provide in this space, a whole range of programming spaces, a public atrium, an auditorium, an exhibition area and a number of outdoor spaces.”
But Singh says this is only phase one.
“In future years, [we will be] renovating our children’s library, our main floor and our technology areas.”
She says the expansion will be completed by next spring.