Halifax opens new central library

Halifax is set to open its new $56-million central library this fall.The 129,000-square-foot building will have a spectacular view of the Halifax harbour, two cafes, a 300-seat theatre, and gaming stations.

Library use is increasing in Canada, says the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, which tracked an 18-percent increase in use between 2008 and 2013.

As a result of competition with the Internet and other sources of information, libraries are becoming more innovative–and it seems to be paying off. Calgary will open a new central library in 2018, and Toronto has been in a five-year program of renovating its central Reference Library, to name a few. Ottawa has been interested in a new central library for several years, and the Board of the Ottawa Public recently discussed hiring a consultant to develop plans.

Read the full story here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/halifax-looks-forward-to-the-opening-of-its-very-own-library-of-the-future/article20090514/

 

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