Mount Royal, April 5, 2013 – With the major work that lasted more than a year nearly finished, the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library will reopen on April 15, 2013. From 10:00 on, Townies of every age will be able to visit the library once again, make themselves at home and see the extent of the improvements made.
New spaces, new discoveries! Your library now offers you:
- a magazine and newspaper reading room;
- a large space for showcasing new publications;
- an exhibition and meeting room;
- an expanded children’s section, an area for young adults, a family room and stroller parking;
- a study room for team projects;
- a reference desk to answer your questions;
- more room for the collections and a more spacious layout;
- improved access for the elderly and persons with reduced mobility;
- quiet reading rooms;
- electrical outlets for your portable devices;
- and the same personnel, all of whom are ready to help you!
Mount Royal mayor Philippe Roy doesn’t hide his enthusiasm about the new facility. “In 2012, even as the Town’s centennial celebrations were taking place, I suspect that everyone in Mount Royal was keeping an eye on the progress of the work on the library,” he says. “It is a high-profile project, of course. But the library is also a place deeply marked by the affection that locals have for it. Regular users of the library won’t be disappointed. And those who haven’t made use of the facility in the past will never have a better reason for visiting it.”
Although work on the building is essentially complete, a few minor jobs remain, such as the landscaping around the library, which will done before summer. Nonetheless, while awaiting such finishing touches, the building is now ready to welcome back its users. The building will even serve as the setting for the launch of the book on the history of Town of Mount Royal, a much anticipated event that will take place in the early evening on Tuesday, April 23. The book launch will also coincide with World Book and Copyright Day, which Mount Royal marks every year.
“The entire team is looking forward to residents’ returning to the library,” notes Denis Chouinard, Head of Division – Library. “Several of our users have been regulars for years. Some have even grown up under our librarians’ eyes. After shutting down for several months last winter, it will be a genuine pleasure for all the library’s employees to see these familiar faces again. Come by and visit us. We’re waiting for you.”
Despite the scale of the project, only 37% of the cost of the expansion was funded by borrowing, most notably due to assistance from the Quebec government but also to use of the surpluses accumulated by Town of Mount Royal.