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Work on library entrance re-do begins this week

Construction begins next week on a new entrance to the Prince George Public Library. The project will involve the installation of a two-and-a-half storey addition to the north side of the Library and a new circulation area.
In April, city council approved adding $1.28 million to the project’s budget, bringing the cost to $3.95 million. The original budget was set in late 2017, but increased labour and materials costs, as well as an addition to the project, pushed the budget to $3.95 million.

Residents and library visitors will have to rely on the parking-level entrance to access the library. Construction will also require the partial closure of one of the traffic lanes on a section of Canada Games Way in front of the library. A complete closure of both lanes will be required periodically during the course of construction. The operation is expected to be completed and opened to the public by the spring of 2020.

Since its construction in 1981, the library has faced challenges with the main entrance open air stairway. The library’s current entrances pose a challenge for many, including young families, people with disabilities, seniors, and staff.

Project features:

  • An elevator with access from both sides providing access from the parking area, plaza level, main floor, and second floor.
  • Improved stairs for access from the main lobby to the second floor.
  • Windows to maximize natural light and an open atmosphere.
  • All entries will be accessible through sliding glass or push button access.
  • Enhanced accessible parking and drop off zone at parking level.

Facts about the Prince George Public Library (2018 statistics):

  • Days open per year: 328 (the Library is closed on Sundays from May to September)
  • New patron registrations – 3,573
  • Total patrons – 58,188
  • Number of items in the collection – 174,071
  • Website/catalogue visits – 368,718
  • Library visits – 309,145 (943 people each day of operation)
  • Items loaned – 817,385 (2,239 per day, including closed days)

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