Central Library Facts

Current Central Library use 

  • Hub for the entire library system and houses a large portion of the RPL collection, centralized services, and core administrative functions.  

  • Most used location in the system, averaging 470,000 visits per year. 

  • Offers unique services including a state-of-the-art digital A/V recording studio, a musical instrument lending library, RPL Film Theatre, Dunlop Art Gallery, a digitization station (digitizes VHS, film, negatives, slides, etc.) and more. 

  • Offers programs and events such as regular appearances by the Regina Symphony Chamber Players, Small Business Week workshops, National Indigenous History Month speakers and events, access to community offerings such as Pro Bono Law, AIDS Program South Saskatchewan, Thrive Counselling, and more.  

  • Offers meeting room space at a minimal cost (free for non-profits) with access to A/V equipment. 

 

Current building issues 

  • Constructed in 1962 for a population of 110,000. 

  • Does not meet the accessibility requirements of the Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Act or City of Regina policy.  

  • Building systems are at, or beyond, expected usefulness and costs for repairs continue to increase.  

  • Current space does not have the flexible design required to provide modern library services to the public. 

  • RPL addresses building issues as they arise to the extent possible. Over the past decade, we have spent $3.2M on necessary building maintenance to keep the building safe and open for business. 

  • It will cost about $50M for building system replacement and renovation to bring the building up to code and to keep the doors open. It doesn’t include improvements to the space, or structural changes to meet the needs of our customers. 

 

Imagine the possibilities...

Central libraries in other cities are dynamic spaces used by the community for business receptions , weddings, major announcements.
 
They are cultural hubs with room for performances and events.
 
They offer a place for newcomers to learn English and Canadian culture.
 
Some have green spaces that help to support mental health, especially in the winter.
 
They are beautiful places that make people proud, and inspire them to find excuses to stay: to have a coffee, meet with friends, read a book, engage in conversation...
 
We want Regina to have that too.