New $14M library planned for Kitchener
Posted May 24, 2023 10:43:20 AM.
Last Updated May 30, 2023 01:46:01 PM.
Kitchener is getting a brand new library.
Ringing in around $14 million, the new southwest Public Library will highlight energy efficient technology, drawing 100 per cent of its energy from renewable sources such as solar panels and geothermal technology.
The Canadian Government is contributing $5.9 million to this project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (GICB) with additional funding from the City of Kitchener.
The new library plans also include group space, a play area, learning gardens and a commercial kitchen promoting food literacy.
Around ten per cent of funding will also be set aside to serve projects focusing on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities.
Kitchener South-Hespeler MP Valerie Bradford and Mary Chevreau, Chief Executive Officer of the Kitchener Public Library made the announcement Wednesday morning.
“We are committed to the sustainability of our services, spaces and resources. With this financial support from Infrastructure Canada, we are proud that Kitchener Public Library will be the first in Kitchener, Ontario and one of the first in Canada to build a Net-Zero and Carbon Neutral public facility,” said Chevreau in a release.
For more information on the library, click here.
The library will be located on Rosenberg Way, southwest of the Bleams Road and Fischer-Hallman Road intersection.