Public art will be an integral part of the design and construction of the facility. It will beautify, enliven and activate various spaces within the facility.

In July 2019, UK-artist, Jason Bruges Studio was awarded the “Artist on Design Team” commission for the Ottawa Public Library-Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility (OPL-LAC Joint Facility). The “Artist on Design Team” commission for the joint facility was awarded by the City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program. Seventy-four national and international artists submitted their work for consideration during a two-stage competitive process. Read more about Jason Bruges.

There are other public art initiatives for the facility including the Indigenous Art and Placemaking Program for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation artists to recognize, support and value Indigenous art and cultures.

These initiatives are made possible by the City’s Public Art Policy, which makes art accessible to everyone by mandating one percent of funds from municipal development be used for public art.