The Beaverbrook library branch will close for an estimated 18 months while it’s transformed into the West District Library beginning on Feb. 19.
The last day of operation for the branch will be Feb. 17. The library will be closed on Family Day, a statutory holiday, on Feb. 18.
“It’s a long process,” said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson. “And it’s going to be messy. Construction is always messy.”
The branch will be turned into a district library because of the amount of foot traffic it receives.
“Beaverbrook, last year, was the second busiest (library),” said Wilkinson, adding the addition and update to the branch is clearly needed.
The Ottawa Public Library approved a two-storey addition to the Beaverbrook branch, which is located in the Mlacak Centre on Campeau Drive. Canadian company Moriyama and Teshima Architects were selected to design the building, which will have 2,300 square metres of floor space.
All other services in the Mlacak Centre will remain open during construction.
“The (Kanata Civic) Art Gallery is still there,” said Wilkinson. “My office is still there.”
A book depot will open at the Beaverbrook Centre, located at 2 Beaverbrook Rd., on Feb. 21, said Wilkinson. People can order books online, pick them up at the depot and drop them off at the temporary location, as well as browse a small selection of books.
The Hazeldean branch (50 Castlefrank Rd.), which underwent a six-month retrofit last year, will host the Beaverbrook branch’s programs during the construction, she added. French and Arabic materials, and parts of the Russian and Chinese collections, will continue to be available at the Hazeldean branch.
The Kanata Room, an archive of community newspapers and newsletters, will be set up at the Stittsville library (1637 Stittsville Main St.), as will the majority of the Chinese collection of literature.
The construction is scheduled to be complete by August 2014.