Ottawa Public Library Board to discuss Central Library site evaluation criteria and weighting at July 12 meeting

The city will prepare to dispose the existing central library after approving the new location at 557 Wellington St. to be shared with Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

The agenda, and associated documents, for the upcoming Ottawa Public Library Board meeting, scheduled for July 12, 2016, are now available at

At this meeting, which is open to the public and media, the board will receive recommended site evaluation criteria including weightings for the future Ottawa Central Library. ‎Two sets of criteria will be presented: one for an OPL stand-alone facility, and one for an OPL-LAC joint facility. The criteria for the OPL-LAC joint facility is presented as part of the continued exploration of a potential partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

The board will be asked to approve the two sets of site criteria including weightings, which were developed based on public input, best practices, and internal and external technical expertise. Once the criteria are approved, potential sites will be evaluated and analyzed as the next step in the site selection process. A recommended site(s) for the Ottawa Central Library will be made public before the end of the calendar year, the OPL says in a news release.


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