Scarborough Civic Centre Branch Construction
A New Library for the Scarborough Civic Centre Community!
Scarborough Civic Centre Branch (NEW)(Ward 38) 150 Borough Drive
- Toronto Public Library is building a new branch in the Scarborough Centre area, adjacent to the south side of the Scarborough Civic Centre.
- The branch will replace a bookmobile stop located at the Scarborough Town Centre.
- It will be easily accessible by public transit, close to the Scarborough Centre LRT stop and a bus route on Borough Drive.
- The new library branch is expected to open in 2014.
The branch will house a collection size of 50,000 items for all ages. It will include:
- bookable meeting rooms
- study space
- zones for adults, teens and children
- comfortable reading lounges
- an area for art display
- a café
- free access to high-speed internet, wireless internet
- express check-out and check-in
- an outdoor reading garden, a public plaza, and a pedestrian connection to Albert Campbell Square
Architectural & Construction Information
- Project Architects: Phillip H. Carter, Architect in joint venture with Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd.
- Public consultation on the project began in February 2010
- Construction projected to commence: 2013
- Projected opening: 2014
- Projected project budget: $8.8 million
- Projected construction budget: $5.7 million
- Raymond Moriyama's vision for the development of the Scarborough City Centre area included the building of a library on city owned land (The Scarborough City Centre Core Area Development Plan, Oct 1991).
- The former Scarborough Public Library Board had planned to build a library in the Civic Centre development well before City of Toronto amalgamation.
- The Scarborough Centre Secondary Plan (approved by the Ontario Municipal Board in March 2008) identified a library as one of the priority facilities and services to be developed in this precinct.
- The need for a library here has intensified as a result of extraordinary residential growth, with more than 9,000 units built or planned in this precinct.
- Through collaboration with City Departments (Facilities and Real Estate, Planning), local Councillors and Scarborough Community Council, an ideal site was secured.