Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Fuller & Jones Architects, 1859-1860
Libraries are among the world’s most cherished cultural institutions. In Ontario alone over 5 million people, or almost 37% of the population, are active public library cardholders. Two thirds of Ontarians say they have visited a public library in the last year, making libraries some of Ontario’s most important community hubs.
While libraries continue their role as the containers for society’s shared knowledge, historical documents, and academic research, they are also going through a dynamic transformation process. The modern library is shifting from a focus on print material to a dynamic public space housing all forms of media and fostering community engagement.
To kick off 2016, blOAAg
turns its attention to this beloved building type with a series on Ontario’s Libraries! We are interested in highlighting libraries of all types and scales, from heritage buildings to projects under construction, from the modest to the monumental.
Have you or your practice been involved in the design of a library? Is there a library you think we should feature? Please share your story and let us know! E-mail JoelL@oaa.on.ca
with your contribution.