The Main Branch of the New Westminster Public Library is currently undergoing a renovation project which is expected to be completed by April 1, 2019.
The renovation is 2 months ahead of schedule!
For more details, please read our press release: NWPL_final_closure_for_renovations_final_release.pdf
Initial projections by the construction company (Stuart Olson) were for completion by June 2019. This plan used a phased approach to allow the library to stay open throughout the renovation. Short closures at the start and end of each phase allowed the library to move critical services into an area of the building that would allow us to continue to provide library services during the next phase of construction.
Through the hard work and careful planning of library staff and Stuart Olson we were able to shorten the timelines at each phase. Now, as we approach the end of the renovation, we are able to have final completion and reopen to the public 2 months earlier than originally anticipated.
We will provide updates for the public on this page as well as on social media. Please follow @NWPLibrary on Twitter and watch the hashtag #NWPLreno for the latest time-sensitive news.
This final closure will allow us to:
1. Complete construction on the renovation in those areas of work that could not be done while the library was open. This includes:
a. removing hoarding walls erected to protect public spaces from construction work during the first 3 phases, and
b. finishing the construction work in those areas near, above, and below the hoarding walls.
2. Complete the last phase of the renovation. This is the main entrance way and by closing the library this and the above work can happen much more quickly and allow us to open earlier than we anticipated.
3. Move collections, shelves, furniture, and equipment back to the main floor.
4. Install new shelving and furniture on the main floor.
5. Install and test new equipment and technology throughout the library.
6. Install and test new technology and equipment in the new digital learning areas on the second floor.
7. Create orientation and training documentation and learning pathways for staff and the public.
What to expect during this closure:
- The main library will close from Monday, Feb. 25th through until Mar. 31st. Our first day open will be Monday, April 1.
- The Queensborough branch library will remain open and with continued expanded hours. Customers will find an excellent collection with many of our most popular books, DVDs, music, and children’s materials. There are 8 internet stations and we will temporarily relocate our chromebooks to be used in the branch.
- The library’s e-collections and resources will remain available 24/7. We increased our collection of ebooks for the renovation, and updated our collection of eReades (Kobos) that may be borrowed. Anyone new to using ebooks and who would like an introduction are encouraged to contact the library for help on getting started.
- All materials checked out will be on loan for 10 weeks. This includes bestsellers, movies, and music. Everyone is encouraged to borrow and keep items for the duration of the closure.
- Anyone experiencing difficulty using the library’s digital collections and resources can email or call the library during the closure. We will strive for a response within 24 hours, Monday – Friday.
- The library will provide a list of alternate places within the area for library-related services. These will be available at the library and on the library’s website.
|Current Stage||Duration||Completion Date|
|Construction Phase||18-24 months||
APRIL 1, 2019
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
- Dedicated Teen Space
- More efficient public service desks
- Workspace changes that will enhance workflow and improve service
- New ends on shelving
- Additional Study Room
- Technology Learning Centre
- Built-in technology in Plaskett Room
- Built-in technology and kitchen upgrade in Auditorium
- 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
PROJECT COST COMPONENT
Exterior Landscape Work
Total Project Cost
Need to Know Information
Jan 9 – Jun 30
Successful applicants for Design Phase of project:
David Norman Architect Inc.
Contact Person: Dave Norman
Acumen Engineering LTD
Contact Person: Maciej Lewandowski
Jade West Engineering Co LTD
Contact Person: John Makepeace
The construction tenders will be done when the design phase is complete.
Costing came back on budget.
Aug 2017 – Sept 2017
Completed November 2017
Dec 2017 – Dec 2019
Started Dec 5 2017
* please note that these dates are approximate
Julie Spurrell, Chief Librarian
Phone: 604-527-4675 | Email: email@example.com
Susan Buss, Deputy Chief Librarian
Phone: 604-527-4669 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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777 Columbia Street
1st Street & 3rd Avenue
Centennial Community Centre
65 East 6th Ave
620 8th Street
700 Royal Avenue
Inn at the Quay
900 Quayside Drive
Queensborough Community Centre
920 Ewen Avenue
810 Quayside Drive
Waves Coffee table reservation
599 6th Street
Waves Coffee Meeting Room
715 Columbia Street
1190 8th Ave
Internet Services Near NWPL
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
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
610 6th Street (Royal City Centre Mall)
Mon-Wed 8 am – 5:30, Th-Fri 8 am - 9 pm
Sat 9 am – 5:30 pm, Sun 10:30 am – 5 pm
610 6th Street (Royal City Centre Mall)
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
515 6th Street, 604-718-1172
7 days a week 5:00 am – 1:00 am
810 Quayside Drive
7 days a week & holidays 10 am – 6 pm
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
- The renovation is almost done! The Library will be closed Feb 25 - Mar 31 and fully reopen on April 1st!Currently the Library is OPEN with all of the services and collections on the second floor, 23,000 square feet of services into 8,000 square feet.Changes to service during Phase 3 include:
- We will not have access to our entire collection. Core collections will be available from our fiction, non-fiction, DVDs and CDs for both Adult and Youth. The most popular and well-used items will be featured.
- Items that aren’t moved upstairs to the second floor won’t be accessible during Phase 3 of the renovation, which is expected to last for six to eight months. Come to the library and take out your favourite items now so they are accessible during Phase 3.
- Loan times are extended and renewal times are extended. The adjusted loan times are now:21 day items can be borrowed for 42 days7 day items can be borrowed for 21 days3 day DVDs can be borrowed for 7 days
All materials checked out will be on loan for 10 weeks except for Chromebooks.- Adult programs, including ESL Conversation circles and New Westminster Historical Society evenings continue in other community locations. Check here for more details.
- Children's programs will also continue in other community locations. Click here for a list of Children's programs with times and locations.
- You can read more about our renovation in this Record article.