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Media Release

Building Concept for Central Library Announced

May 21, 2008 – Halifax    After months of public consultations and planning, Halifax Public Libraries and the HOK Planning Group are excited to present the chosen building concept for the new Central Library for HRM. This building program sets out the services and features to be included in the future Central Library.

The building concept was developed based on feedback received during public meetings, surveys and focus groups. Three building scenarios were presented in April, each one setting out a different model for the future Central Library, and the public was asked to decide which features should be part of the final concept. “We feel that the concept to be presented incorporates the needs and wishes of everyone and will result in a building that truly works,” said Halifax Public Libraries CEO Judith Hare.

The public will get a chance to view the chosen building concept during an open-house presentation on Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m., at the Lord Nelson Hotel. The planning team will present the concept and answer questions about the different aspects of the proposed building scenario. And once again, feedback and input from the public will be encouraged.

As the public consultation process draws to a close, the next step in planning a new Central Library for HRM will be to design the new building to house the Central Library. HRM Council recently earmarked $400,000 to help move the project to the next phase.

For more information, please visit halifaxpubliclibraries.ca or call 902.490.5744.

Media Contact:

Helena Sergakis
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605
Fax: (902) 490-5762