Renovation Updates

The Main Branch of the New Westminster Public Library has reopened post-renovation with full services available on both floors!

We are still in the process of installing some of the AV equipment in our meeting rooms and planning even more new and exciting programs for the public.

We're also planning a grand opening on Sat, Jun 8 and you are all invited to celebrate the newly renovated space!

 

 

  • The current uptown library is comprised of the original 1958 building and the 1978 west side extension. The only significant improvement to the building interior was a $400,000 design change to the public areas on the second floor in 2005. Use of the building has increased significantly since 1978, both in the volume and type of use. As a result, interior infrastructure unchanged since that time is now clearly in need of replacement or upgrading.

    • Community Survey identifies the outdated Uptown Library as a source of dissatisfaction for many library users
    • NWPL Board highlights the need to improve the Uptown Library in their 2015-2018 Strategic Plan
    • Library staff identify critical areas of improvement and renewal
    • Mayor Cote and City Council approve the Library Renovation Project as one of their Strategic Priorities in November of 2015
    • Pre-Design work and costing are finished in February of 2016
    • New Westminster City Council approves budget for Renovation Project in October of 2016
  • Enhancements

    Infrastructure Changes

    Main Floor

    • Dedicated Teen Space
    • More efficient public service desks
    • Workspace changes that will enhance workflow and improve service
    • New ends on shelving

    Second Floor

    • Additional Study Room
    • Technology Learning Centre

    Meeting Rooms

    • Built-in technology in Plaskett Room
    • Built-in technology and kitchen upgrade in Auditorium

    All Floors

    • Accessibility upgrades and refurbished public washrooms
    • Upgrades to older public area lighting
    • New lighting on the exterior of the building
    • Increased building efficiency through improved lighting and replacement of windows
    • Replacement of most ceilings and HVAC ducting
    • Improved electrical configuration and new electrical transformer
    • Painting throughout the  building

     

  • Construction for the renovation is now complete.  A few remaining items are still outstanding and once these have arrived we will post the final project costs. We anticipate the entire project to be within the projected budget.

  • Stage

    Complete

    Length*

    Need to Know Information

    1.Design Stage

    Jan 9 – Jun 30

    Complete

     

    6 Months*

     

    Successful applicants for Design Phase of project:

    Architectural Services

    David Norman Architect Inc.

    Contact Person: Dave Norman

    Electrical Engineering

    Acumen Engineering LTD

    Contact Person: Maciej Lewandowski

    Mechanical Engineering

    Jade West Engineering Co LTD               

    Contact Person: John Makepeace


    The construction tenders will be done when the design phase is complete.

    2.Costing Stage

    July 2017

    Complete

    1 Month

    Costing came back on budget. 

    3.Construction Tender

    Aug 2017 – Sept 2017 

    Complete

    2 Months*

     

    Completed November 2017

    4.Construction Phase

    Dec 2017 – Dec 2019

    Current

     18-24 Months*

     

     

    Started Dec 5 2017


    * please note that these dates are approximate

  • Julie Spurrell, Chief Librarian

    Phone: 604-527-4675  |  Email: jspurrell@nwpl.ca

    Susan Buss, Deputy Chief Librarian

    Phone: 604-527-4669  |  Email: sbuss@nwpl.ca

     

  • Please contact these organizations for further details about their meeting and event space.

     

    Anvil Centre

    777 Columbia Street

    Tel: 604-515-3830

    https://anvilcentre.com/plan/capacities/

     

    Centennial Lodge

    Queen's Park

    1st Street & 3rd Avenue

    Tel: 604-777-5111

    https://www.newwestcity.ca/parks-and-recreation/book-facilities-fields-and-parks/articles/5541.php

     

    Centennial Community Centre

    65 East 6th Ave

    Tel: 604-777-5100

    https://www.newwestcity.ca/parks-and-recreation/facilities/centennial-community-centre

     

    Century House

    620 8th Street

    Tel: 604-519-1066

    https://www.newwestcity.ca/parks-and-recreation/facilities/century-house

     

    Douglas College

    700 Royal Avenue

    Tel: 604-527-5613

    http://www.douglascollege.ca/about-douglas/campus-facilities/room-event-booking

     

    Inn at the Quay

    900 Quayside Drive

    Tel: 604-520-1776

    Toll: 1-800-663-2001

    https://www.innatwestminsterquay.com/meetings.php

     

    Queensborough Community Centre

    920 Ewen Avenue

    Tel: 604-525-7388

    https://www.newwestcity.ca/parks-and-recreation/book-facilities-fields-and-parks/articles/5382.php

     

    River Market

    810 Quayside Drive

    Tel: 604-520-3881

    http://rivermarket.ca/visitorinfo/facility-rental

     

    Waves Coffee table reservation

    599 6th Street

    Tel: 604-553-3953

    https://wavescoffee.com/our-stores/columbia

     

    Waves Coffee Meeting Room

    715 Columbia Street

    Tel: 604-529-9283

    https://wavescoffee.com/our-stores/6th-6th

     

    TMFOX Café

    1190 8th Ave

    Tel: 604-549-8788

    info@tmfox.com

    http://van.tmfox.com

  • Internet Services Near NWPL


    Free Internet

    You can use your NWPL card at any public library in the Lower Mainland. Ask the staff there to register your NWPL card with them. The closest public library to NWPL is:

    Burnaby Public Library: Tommy Douglas Branch
    7311 Kingsway, Burnaby, 604-522-3971
    Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm

     

    Low-Cost Internet

    Century House Senior’s Centre
    620 8th Street, 604-519-1066
    Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
    Sunday 12:00 – 3:30 pm
    July & August: Weekdays 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
    (not open on weekends)
    Assistance available – please phone
    Annual membership $18.00
    Must be 50 or over and have NWPL card

    Century House Youth Centre
    620 8th Street, 604-515-3801
    Monday - Thursday 3:15 pm - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday 3:15 pm - 11:00 pm
    July & August: Monday - Saturday 1:00–9:00 pm, Annual membership $17
    Must be 13-18 years old and have a NWPL card

     

    Free Wi-Fi

    Blenz Coffee
    610 6th Street (Royal City Centre Mall)
    604-515-1590
    Mon-Wed 8 am – 5:30, Th-Fri 8 am - 9 pm
    Sat 9 am – 5:30 pm, Sun 10:30 am – 5 pm

    Freshslice Pizza
    610 6th Street (Royal City Centre Mall)
    604-759-0091
    Mon – Thurs 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Fri 10:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Sun 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

    McDonald’s
    515 6th Street, 604-718-1172
    7 days a week 5:00 am – 1:00 am

    River Market
    810 Quayside Drive
    7 days a week & holidays 10 am – 6 pm

    Starbucks
    Various Locations

    Tim Hortons
    524 6th Street, 604-519-1294
    7 days a week & holidays 5:00 am – 12:00 am

    Waves Coffee House
    599 6th Street, 604-553-3953
    Mon-Sat 7 am – 8 pm, Sun 8 am – 7 pm
    715 Columbia Street, 604-529-9283
    Mon - Fri 6 am – 10 pm, Sat –Sun 7 am – 10 pm
    Power outlets