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Exciting Renovations for Iroquois Ridge

January 13, 2017

One of Oakville Public Library’s busiest branches is getting a facelift over the winter/spring months. Iroquois Ridge is OPL’s second busiest branch, hosting roughly 200,000 visitors and circulating almost 400,000 items annually. The renovations are being performed by STF Construction and will see the library temporarily close for five months starting on January 23rd, with a depot location in the Iroquois Ridge Community Center opening on February 1st. The Depot will offer a holds pick-up service, a small collection of popular materials to borrow, a return bin and a family story time program twice weekly.

The need for the renovation stems primarily from the changing use and role of the library within the community. Iroquois Ridge Branch is a hub of activity in the area and the renovations will add new community oriented and technology-centric spaces.

With a thriving community surrounding it, the library faces increasing demand for its programming space as well as access to technology and collections. To better meet these needs, the renovated branch will offer two programming spaces, along with expanded group collaboration and quiet individual study spaces.

Technology will play a significant role in the new space with the inclusion of a Creation Zone. The Creation Zone will serve as a gathering point where individuals and groups of all ages can connect to work on meaningful projects, using both new technologies and traditional tools, assisted by helpful mentors (OPL staff and community volunteers).

The Creation Zone will offer digital media technologies that will enhance the Library’s current 3D printing offerings as well as a focus on digital creation and design. With the introduction of laptop bars, there will also be increased capacity for computer and internet access throughout the facility.

The library will also sport a new stunning look, with new flooring, furniture, seating and millwork installed throughout to create a flexible and true community space.

If you would like more information on the new Creation Zone, please visit: www.opl.ca. For information on funding and naming opportunities, please contact Virginia Kuypers at Virginia.Kuypers@oakville.ca.


A version of this article was originally published in the Oakville Beaver on January 13, 2017.