The new central library must be downtown – not at LeBreton
Ottawa Citizen

By Jevone Nicholas, Ottawa Citizen, January 31, 2017

Ottawans are becoming increasingly engaged in the plans for a new central library. With a recommended site on LeBreton Flats, many residents are asking important questions about the process and its result. With a total $168-million public investment at stake, politicians must weigh the risk of the library being chronically underused if it is not where people live, work and visit. Based on the demographic evidence, a LeBreton Flats location is a gamble with taxpayers’ dollars on the question: “If you build it, will they come?

”The city and Ottawa Public Library (OPL) have three elements to their plan for a new central library: how to build it; its proposed size and its proposed site.

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