Glen Abbey Branch Renovation

Glen Abbey Branch will officially reopen on Tuesday, January 28. Learn more here.

Recent developments:

  • Interiors are constructed and furniture is being installed, including brand new shelving to house the revitalized branch collection materials
  • Completion of new group study spaces
  • All electrical and lighting installation completed
  • New washroom spaces, including a new family washroom

Next steps:

  • Library staff working to shelve and display library collection
  • Planning the grand opening

 Renovation progress photos:

Pictured above: Progress of the shelving installation 

Here you see two views of our shelving where the majority of the collection will be housed. In the first image in the top right corner, you can see a peek of the entrance to one of the two new program rooms.

Pictured above: Progress of the new children’s area

The brand new children’s area is coming along! Alongside the books, the brand new children’s area furniture will be installed with lots of comfortable seating for hours of storytime fun. The children’s area will have lots of natural light from big, bright windows and will feature updated furniture, fun wall colours, new flooring and play elements.

Pictured above: Progress of the entry seating area

When customers enter the branch they’ll be greeted with a new lounge seating area. There will be plenty of natural light in this comfortable space.

Pictured above: Progress of the new group study space

Here is the progress shot of one of the group study rooms. Customers will be able to access quiet spaces for group study sessions or private meetings with community members.


Key facts:

  • Glen Abbey is OPL’s busiest branch with more than 350,000 annual visitors.
  • The demand for local library services is only growing stronger. As the Glen Abbey neighbourhood expands and changes, the library must evolve with it.
  • Before renovations started, library staff led a community consultation campaign, giving residents a chance to share feedback on what they would like to see in their new branch.
  • This is the first time the branch has closed for renovations in almost 14 years.

The renovation plan:

We’re completely reimagining the space. We are reconfiguring the branch to better serve library customers, with a focus on accessible and useful areas everyone can enjoy.

Features include:

  • A ‘Creation Zone’ – new to the Glen Abbey branch, this will be a versatile space filled with creation devices and technology including 3D printers, sewing machines, iMac workstations, design software and a button maker
  • More quiet study and meeting rooms
  • A new area for community programs
  • Loanable laptops
  • Comfortable furniture for reading or lounging
  • An updated collection of materials to borrow and enjoy
  • Updated washrooms and a new family washroom

Where can customers go for library services in the meantime?