“It adds vibrancy to the downtown and has become a key gathering place for residents from all over the city and region. It was a lot of work, but we are pleased the library could expand in its current location and happy with the outcome.”
The total cost of the renovations was $1,287,388, not including in-house labour provided by City employees. Of that cost, $59,135 was invested by the Government of Canada through ACOA’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) for the improvement of the Children’s/Youth section.
The renovations added 846 sq. m. to the library, and 286 sq. m. to the children’s/youth section. This extra space allowed for two extra meeting rooms, more space for collections, improved Local History Archives, an art gallery space, and more seating for patrons. In addition to the extra space, the library also replaced outdated carpets, fixtures, and furniture as well as improved staff work spaces.
“We are excited to be starting a new chapter in the life of the Fredericton Public Library,” said Cathy MacLaggan, Chair of the Fredericton Public Library board of directors.
The Fredericton Public library opened in 1955 and moved to its current location in 1975. Today, it is the busiest library in New Brunswick. It has over 150,000 books, magazines, newspapers, documents, CDs, DVDs, and videos. These resources are accessed by more than 700 patrons every day.