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Central Library Renewal

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A central library is more than just a library.

It sits at the heart of a city, and beats with the pulse of the people who live there.

It represents the character of the city, peoples’ hopes for the future, and their pride in the community.

Central library buildings are more than just structures. They’re built to represent the community itself, and to offer a common place that unites us and creates something we can all be proud of. It’s one of few public buildings through which we can build an identity reinforce our identity – something that represents Regina and everyone who lives here.

Regina Public Library’s renewal of Central Library was initiated to ensure the people of Regina have a library that serves their needs and makes them proud – a building that enables us to provide quality programs and services far into the future.

We don’t know what the community will expect from its library in years to come, but we have to be ready to provide it. A renewed Central Library will help instill confidence that whatever may come, we’ll be ready for it.

Central Library renewal in Canada and around the world

Below is a list of central libraries that have recently been updated or rebuilt. Notice how each one is a very unique structure and incorporates elements of each community into the design: landscapes, geology, people, points of pride, and more.

Each is tailored to the unique needs of its community and has been built to ensure generations of citizens continue to find the library relevant and take pride in their Central Library and what it represents.

Other libraries are considering changes to their Central Libraries:

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It’s easy to see that the opportunity to renew or rebuild a central library is a much bigger question than “how much room do we need to house our collections and provide our services?”

The Central Library Renewal process

RPL has contracted the services of Colliers Project Leaders and KPMG to develop a needs assessment and project plan about the future of Central Library. This report will provide the RPL Board of Directors with a recommendation on the renewal of Central Library.

Research for the needs assessment and project plan included consultation with the public, which began with a community open house on February 5, 2020. 

The open house introduced the project and provided background, a summary of activities to date, main objectives of the needs assessment, and potential future activities stemming from it. It was followed by a Q&A session. 

We also shared a public survey to gather feedback from the community. The survey closed on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

The Board expected the needs assessment and project plan to be ready in spring 2020, prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March 2020, the Board’s primary focus shifted to pandemic response efforts, and adapting library services and protocols to meet the community’s changing needs.

Work on the Central Library Renewal assessment and project plan has continued in the meantime, and the Board looks forward to sharing that work with the community later in 2021.


  • The current Central Library building was opened in 1962 to serve a population of approximately 110,000 people, less than half of Regina’s current population.
  • Central Library is RPL’s busiest location and can no longer meet the needs of our growing and diverse population.
  • The building itself is old and its systems and infrastructure continue to age.
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