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 role of “Artist on Design Team” for the Ottawa Public Library-Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility (OPL-LAC Joint Facility). Seventy-four national and international artists submitted their work for consideration during a two-stage competitive process. Read more about Jason Bruges.

In addition, an Indigenous Public Art Program aims to recognize, support and value Indigenous art and cultures by integrating artwork by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation artists into the joint facility.

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. Of note, Library and Archives Canada also contributed funding to the Indigenous Public Art initiative.