Library mulls moving Emily Carr branch to Uptown

One of the top priorities for the Greater Victoria Public Library is to move the Emily Carr branch to a new location

One of the top priorities for the Greater Victoria Public Library is to move the Emily Carr branch to a new location that better meets the needs of library users.

Built in 1972 at the corner of Saanich Road and Blanshard Street, the existing building is “old and outdated,” “poorly configured” and “inaccessible for wheelchair users,” according to GVPL deputy CEO Lynne Jordon.

An open house will be held Saturday (March 9) at the Emily Carr branch to discuss the possibility of relocating the library across the street to Uptown.

“We like to have our libraries co-located with other places where people are going to gather or congregate or use, and Uptown is a good place to investigate (as a possible relocation site),” Jordon said.

Benefits of moving to Uptown include a new space being more energy efficient and being more flexible to the library’s needs.

Attendees will have the opportunity to see conceptual renderings, and provide input on what services the new library should have.

The open house runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Emily Carr branch at 3500 Blanshard St.

Material from the open house and an online survey will be available at gvpl.ca from March 9 to 18.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

Just Posted

Peninsula Streams Society to restore 120 metres of Colquitz Watershed

With goal of contributing to the recovery of cutthroat and coho salmon

Victoria City Council approves inclusionary housing policy

After years of back and forth, the policy will be ratified in two weeks

Filipino Heritage Month event takes over Centennial Square

Dancing, music and food highlight Mabuhay Day celebration in Victoria

West Shore residents report finding anti-SOGI 123 flyers in mailboxes

SD62 trustee Ravi Parmar says the flyers are ‘garbage’

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

Most Read