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Central Improvements

Improvement alert!

tool beltUpdate: Thu January 5
Thank you for your continued patience as we work to improve this area. The good news is that the work is progressing as planned and the disruption is only temporary. If you're looking for a quiet place to sit, free from construction activity, there are many comfortable spaces to work on the 2nd and 3rd floors.


Dec 12 - Starting this week until early February, you'll see some changes in action at Central branch. The space will look different but library service and access to collections and rooms will not be affected. Contractors and facilities staff will work hard to make sure that construction areas are kept as clean as possible. We do not expect any disruptive noise or unpleasant odours.

Here's what is planned:

December 12 to end of month: Electrical work in the check-out area. Electrical work will be completed each day before the library opens.

  • temporary relocation of the check-out desk
  • part of the customer service area will be closed for safety

January 4 to 6: Concrete polishing of the check-out area floor.

  • check-out desk will be moved to a new temporary location
  • self-check machines, first floor catalogue computer, and photocopier will be unavailable
  • seating limited to the Manget Reading Room
  • concrete dust may result from the polishing process

January 7 to 15: Concrete polishing of the 1st floor customer service area, up to the Manget Reading Room. The floor will look rough and unfinished as the contractors work through the multi-stage process.

  • self-service check-out machines will not be available
  • concrete dust may result from the polishing process

Late January to early February: Installation of the new check-out desks and storage units may occur during work hours.

It's always exciting to improve, but we sincerely apologize for any disruption this work may cause.