Square Footage: 6,000
The Clarence Rockland Library replaces an outdated branch library and is a 6,000 square foot addition to an existing Catholic high school. Located in the heart of a rapidly growing community east of Ottawa, this new library is part of a larger community and cultural center initiated through a partnership between the City of Clarence Rockland, the Library Board and the local YMCA.
This facility greatly expands services and programs available to the high school, while serving the larger public. It includes generous study, reading spaces and stack areas as well as a large information playground for children. The design is based on a delivery model that de-emphasizes traditional desk-based systems allowing staff to ‘roam’ the floor space and offer greater point-of-use assistance. Provision for automated systems including self check-out units enhances this model. Extensive mobile and fixed-display units help actively market the various collections. At the heart of the space is a large double height reading room with a distinctive wood slat ceiling and limestone clad fireplace offering a warm and inviting environment for its users. The library’s open concept enhances the interactive nature of its spaces, establishing a vibrant new focal point for the whole community to enjoy.