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New Main Library

The Guelph Public Library is very excited in moving forward with plans for a new Main Library.

The New Main Library is the primary component in the Baker Street Development Plan C2, approved by City Council in 2009, that gives the Library a prominent and very visible location on Wyndham Street. In 2011, a Hamilton Architecture firm, Garwood-Jones and Hanham in collaboration with ForeSite Facility Planners, from New York City, were hired to complete a Building Program and Functional Plan for the new Main Library. This document provides information on the BUILDING - recommended square footage of all space needs, with a cost estimate of the project, as well as information on the FUNCTIONS - what types of functions or spaces make up the library and where should they be located. This is the first step, making the library Project ready, in a nine step process. This document is not the design phase but provides important information for when the step of hiring an Architect is reached. The report concludes that a 90,000 square feet 21st century facility be built with not only all the typical library components, but also with community meeting spaces, green space, and state-of-the-art Archives.

Meet the Consultants


Located in Hamilton, Ontario, Garwood-Jones & Hanham Architects (GJH) is a partnership of award-winning architects serving clients throughout southwestern Ontario. Evolved in 1995 from the 30 year practice of Trevor P. Garwood-Jones Architects Inc., the firm has been responsible for the design of many civic buildings in and around downtown Hamilton


Located in New York, New York ForeSite focuses on the programming and master planning of libraries and other cultural facilities and have developed facilities for the Cleveland Public Library, the Columbia Public Library in Columbia, Missouri, the Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Public Library, the Ives Free Public Library in New Haven Connecticut, and the Los Angeles Central Library.

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