Pictured Left to Right: Councillor Neil Driscoll, John Nater (Perth Wellington MP), Randy Pettapiece (Perth Wellington MPP), Warden George Bridge, Councillor Rob Black (Library Board Chair), Jennifer Dixon (Library Board Member) and Murray McCabe (County Chief Librarian).
PALMERSTON – After renovations lasting almost a year, the County of Wellington and the Wellington County Library Board officially re-opened the Palmerston Library branch today.
“The County of Wellington is pleased to return the Palmerston Library to the community,” says Warden George Bridge. “We do so with some of the character that had been lost to this building over the years. I want to thank the residents for their input and the hard work of our staff and architect in ensuring the Palmerston Library will serve as a community gathering place for many years to come.”
Community engagement resulted in a mandate to create barrier-free accessibility throughout the building and in particular, to provide an elevator accessing all levels. While the renovations return some of the building’s character, they also provide a diverse range of new uses.
The new design includes a refurbished main floor that will continue to house the children’s collection, popular non-fiction and media collections, and public computers. It will also contain comfortable new lounge space overlooking the adjacent Cenotaph area. Library service areas include a meeting room and Inspiration Lab on the lower level where the once bricked-in windows have been reinstated. The top floor is the new home for the adult collection and dedicated lounge area for young adults. Also included on the top floor is a large study area with a fireplace.
“This is another wonderful example of what can happen when the community and the County come together in collaboration,” says Councillor Rob Black, the Chair of the County Library Board and Information, Heritage and Seniors Committee. “Not only have we preserved the great sentimental significance this building holds for the community, we’ve revitalized and modernized the library to ensure it meets the needs of future generations.”
The new design maintains the heritage aspects of the original Carnegie Library and allows a seamless integration between the existing and new portions of the Library. The renovations to the Palmerston Library adheres to the County’s Green Legacy Building Standards and meets the Emerald Level of Certification, the County’s highest standard.
“I trust the community will be pleased with the changes made to one of Ontario’s most storied Carnegie libraries,” says Chief Librarian Murray McCabe. “The revitalized library will become a new focal point for the community to gather, and encourage more investments and families to locate to this remarkable town.”
Murray McCabe, Chief Librarian
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