Oct 27 2021

Funding Approved for Ādisōke

Ottawa City Council approved additional funding for Ādisōke, the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility.

Aug 05 2021

Joint Facility named Ādisōke by Anishinābe Algonquin Nation

Ādisōke is an Anishinābemowin word that refers to the telling of stories. The announcement of the name was made at an event held on the site where the facility will be built.

May 17 2021

Release of main tender for the construction and final design drawings

The City of Ottawa released the main construction tender to the prequalified general contractors for the construction of the OPL-LAC Joint Facility.

Apr 22 2021

Approval of the design by the NCC

The final design drawings were approved by the National Capital Commission Board of Directors.

Apr 13 2021

Approval of the design by the OPL Board

Nov 30 2020

Net-zero carbon funding for the joint facility

In its Fall Economic Statement, the Government of Canada announced that it will provide funding to support sustainability enhancements for a net-zero carbon building.

Oct 08 2020

Anishinābe blessing ceremony and site preparatory work

Elders from Anishinābe Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg led a blessing ceremony where the new OPL-LAC Joint Facility will be located, a few days ahead of the start of preparatory work on site.

Sep 30 2020

Invaluable Indigenous engagement activities

In 2020, the project team held engagement activities with the urban Indigenous community of Ottawa as well as national Indigenous organizations, to help design a space that is welcoming, reflective and inclusive of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation visitors.

Aug 13 2020

Prequalified general contractors announced

General contractors were pre-qualified for the construction of the OPL-LAC joint facility. The process was overseen by a fairness commissioner, engaged by the City of Ottawa, to ensure an open and transparent process.

Jun 15 2020

RFQ to pre-qualify General Contractors for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility

The City of Ottawa Supply Department has released a Request for Qualification(link is external) (RFQ) to pre-qualify General Contractors for the construction of the OPL-LAC Joint Facility.

Jan 23 2020

Design revealed for OPL-LAC Joint Facility

An event today revealed the proposed architectural design for the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility.

Oct 30 2019

Final workshops: Inspire the Iconic Features and Finishing Touches

At this workshop, participants will be asked to provide inspiration into the facility’s iconic features and finishing touches, such as the choices of building materials inside and outside of the facility, and the ways in which this facility can become an inclusive destination for all.

Aug 21 2019

Workshops on public art and landscape

Design workshops on Public Art and Landscape, with an emphasis on sustainability, for the new Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) joint facility.

Jul 24 2019

“Artist on Design Team” chosen for OPL-LAC Joint Facility

Feb 04 2019

Inspire555 public and national engagement launched

The Inspire555 engagement series includes design workshops, pop-up events, and online engagement activities to inspire this new landmark destination.

Dec 19 2018

Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects to design facility

Public input will be an essential part of the design process, led by Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects.

Nov 15 2018

Preferred proponent recommended to design facility

Evaluation committee recommends negotiating with Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects to design facility.

Jul 16 2018

Future site of facility to be local and national destination

Mayor Jim Watson and Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, with Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of Ottawa Public Library Board, dedicate future home of facility.

Jun 13 2018

City Council approves implementation plan

City Council approves plan to build facility, along with $104.2 million in City funding and $18.1 million for 200-space parking garage.

May 29 2018

Request for Proposals for professional design services issued

City of Ottawa issues Request for Proposals to design facility.

Apr 17 2018

City announces shortlist of five teams to design facility

City of Ottawa receives 33 submissions and shortlists five teams to participate in Request for Proposals to design the facility.

Feb 27 2018

Government of Canada 2018 budget proposes funding for joint facility

Government of Canada proposes to contribute $73.3 million towards construction of the joint facility

May 19 2017

Request for Qualifications for design services issued

City of Ottawa issues Request for Qualifications to design facility.

Feb 08 2017

City Council approves joint facility

City Council approves in principal building new 216,000-square-foot joint facility with Library and Archives Canada at 557 Wellington Street.

Jul 12 2016

Site evaluation criteria approved

Ottawa Public Library Board approves site evaluation criteria for joint facility and stand-alone Central Library.

Jun 15 2016

Ottawa Public Library gathers public feedback on spaces and uses of Central Library

The public was invited to share their thoughts on the spaces and uses of the new flagship Ottawa Central Library. Two sessions were held at Ottawa City Hall and at Library and Archives Canada.

May 10 2016

Public engagement framework approved

Ottawa Public Library Board approves public engagement framework for Central Library.

Jan 12 2016

Partnership with Library and Archives Canada

Ottawa Public Library explores partnership with Library and Archives Canada to develop Central Library.

Jul 08 2015

Central Library approved as strategic priority

City Council approves new Central Library as strategic priority for 2015 to 2018 Term of Council.

Jun 09 2015

New Central Library approved

Ottawa Public Library Board approves new 132,000-square foot Central Library.

May 14 2012

Main branch identified as top renewal priority

Ottawa Public Library Board approves Main branch as top priority for renewal.