Library move delay benefits Dundas program

News Jun 02, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Relocation of the Dundas Library to 55 Cootes Dr, in preparation for a year-long renovation of the 18 Ogilvie St. branch has been delayed until August.

Originally anticipated for June, the temporary move has apparently been held up by building permit issues that are in the process of being resolved. In the meantime, library staff says the new timeline will benefit local programming.

"This works very well as July is our busiest Summer Reading Club month," said Karen Anderson, Hamilton Public Library director of public service. "So we are happy to be able to launch that well-loved program in our current location."

Anderson said Dundas had more than 550 participants in Summer Reading Club last year, and many families look forward to activities that are part of the program.

"We are also exploring the potential for using the Bookmobile to supplement service at the temporary location," Anderson said. "We should have more information about that in the next few weeks."

At the end of March, library staff announced an empty storefront at 55 Cootes Dr., next to a beer store, was chosen as a temporary location for the Dundas library branch during a $1.9-million renovation of the 18 Ogilvie St. branch that was expected to begin before the end of June.

A minor variance application to permit a library use at the commercially-zoned Cootes storefront was approved by the Committee of Adjustment during the first week of April.

Two building permits for the library are currently under review by city staff. One is for interior alterations at 55 Cootes, the other for interior renovations, exterior alterations and landscaping at 18 Ogilvie.

In March, Anderson said there were not a lot of options for temporary sites that met the library’s needs.

 “The (55 Cootes) site has some great features  – it’s easy to get to,  has pretty good parking, is adjacent to a lovely park and new trails and has good visibility from the street,” she said.

Anderson said the location will provide basic services. Staff will be on-site to provide assistance. Users can pick up holds, browse a reduced collection, return items and access a limited number of public computers. She said there will also be a room so programs for all ages can be offered.

Part of the renovation plan includes removing all staff parking from an alley on the building’s south side to expand and improve a barrier-free entrance and create an outdoor patio reading area.

The plan also includes consolidating staff spaces that are currently spread apart throughout the split-level building. More space will be dedicated for public use.

Providing a temporary branch is not standard practice for Hamilton Public Library when it closes a branch for renovation.

Library move delay benefits Dundas program

Bookmobile might supplement temporary location

News Jun 02, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Relocation of the Dundas Library to 55 Cootes Dr, in preparation for a year-long renovation of the 18 Ogilvie St. branch has been delayed until August.

Originally anticipated for June, the temporary move has apparently been held up by building permit issues that are in the process of being resolved. In the meantime, library staff says the new timeline will benefit local programming.

"This works very well as July is our busiest Summer Reading Club month," said Karen Anderson, Hamilton Public Library director of public service. "So we are happy to be able to launch that well-loved program in our current location."

Anderson said Dundas had more than 550 participants in Summer Reading Club last year, and many families look forward to activities that are part of the program.

"We are also exploring the potential for using the Bookmobile to supplement service at the temporary location," Anderson said. "We should have more information about that in the next few weeks."

At the end of March, library staff announced an empty storefront at 55 Cootes Dr., next to a beer store, was chosen as a temporary location for the Dundas library branch during a $1.9-million renovation of the 18 Ogilvie St. branch that was expected to begin before the end of June.

A minor variance application to permit a library use at the commercially-zoned Cootes storefront was approved by the Committee of Adjustment during the first week of April.

Two building permits for the library are currently under review by city staff. One is for interior alterations at 55 Cootes, the other for interior renovations, exterior alterations and landscaping at 18 Ogilvie.

In March, Anderson said there were not a lot of options for temporary sites that met the library’s needs.

 “The (55 Cootes) site has some great features  – it’s easy to get to,  has pretty good parking, is adjacent to a lovely park and new trails and has good visibility from the street,” she said.

Anderson said the location will provide basic services. Staff will be on-site to provide assistance. Users can pick up holds, browse a reduced collection, return items and access a limited number of public computers. She said there will also be a room so programs for all ages can be offered.

Part of the renovation plan includes removing all staff parking from an alley on the building’s south side to expand and improve a barrier-free entrance and create an outdoor patio reading area.

The plan also includes consolidating staff spaces that are currently spread apart throughout the split-level building. More space will be dedicated for public use.

Providing a temporary branch is not standard practice for Hamilton Public Library when it closes a branch for renovation.

Library move delay benefits Dundas program

Bookmobile might supplement temporary location

News Jun 02, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Relocation of the Dundas Library to 55 Cootes Dr, in preparation for a year-long renovation of the 18 Ogilvie St. branch has been delayed until August.

Originally anticipated for June, the temporary move has apparently been held up by building permit issues that are in the process of being resolved. In the meantime, library staff says the new timeline will benefit local programming.

"This works very well as July is our busiest Summer Reading Club month," said Karen Anderson, Hamilton Public Library director of public service. "So we are happy to be able to launch that well-loved program in our current location."

Anderson said Dundas had more than 550 participants in Summer Reading Club last year, and many families look forward to activities that are part of the program.

"We are also exploring the potential for using the Bookmobile to supplement service at the temporary location," Anderson said. "We should have more information about that in the next few weeks."

At the end of March, library staff announced an empty storefront at 55 Cootes Dr., next to a beer store, was chosen as a temporary location for the Dundas library branch during a $1.9-million renovation of the 18 Ogilvie St. branch that was expected to begin before the end of June.

A minor variance application to permit a library use at the commercially-zoned Cootes storefront was approved by the Committee of Adjustment during the first week of April.

Two building permits for the library are currently under review by city staff. One is for interior alterations at 55 Cootes, the other for interior renovations, exterior alterations and landscaping at 18 Ogilvie.

In March, Anderson said there were not a lot of options for temporary sites that met the library’s needs.

 “The (55 Cootes) site has some great features  – it’s easy to get to,  has pretty good parking, is adjacent to a lovely park and new trails and has good visibility from the street,” she said.

Anderson said the location will provide basic services. Staff will be on-site to provide assistance. Users can pick up holds, browse a reduced collection, return items and access a limited number of public computers. She said there will also be a room so programs for all ages can be offered.

Part of the renovation plan includes removing all staff parking from an alley on the building’s south side to expand and improve a barrier-free entrance and create an outdoor patio reading area.

The plan also includes consolidating staff spaces that are currently spread apart throughout the split-level building. More space will be dedicated for public use.

Providing a temporary branch is not standard practice for Hamilton Public Library when it closes a branch for renovation.