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- Chronique du maire
Barely a month ago, had I had the pleasure of celebrating the resumption of activities at the Town library, which is once again welcoming its many users after a period of major work. There’s no denying that the renovations were extensive, to the point that the entire building had to be closed for the winter. So, it was with a great deal of pride that we took part in the reopening of a new and improved library, a larger and, in every way, more modern facility. How appropriate that the ceremony coincided with the arrival of spring!
In the days since, we’re received much positive feedback. And with good reason. Besides its contemporary design and more spacious layout, the new library features a periodical reading room, a large area for displaying new publications, an exhibition and conference room, an expanded children’s section, a space for young adults, a family room and stroller parking. It also offers a study room for team projects, quiet reading rooms, improved access for the elderly and persons with reduced mobility and plenty of electrical outlets for users’ portable devices. Visitors haven’t hesitated to express their enthusiasm about the changes or to tell us that the library expansion project is a great success for our community. Bigger, quieter, more user-friendly: this library is bound to make Townies happy.
The building is currently awaiting LEED certification (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). As its name implies, such certification indicates that the expanded and renovated library complies with high environmental and energy efficiency standards. It is also further proof of the importance our community attaches to environmental protection.
Another important detail: despite the scale of the work, borrowing accounted for only 37% of the funding for the expansion of the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library, thanks in particular to assistance from the Quebec government but also to the Town’s drawing on its accumulated surplus.
If you haven’t already done so, drop by and visit our new library, where you can see for yourself that Mount Royal is making more and more space for culture.