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Ottawans and Canadians invited to share inspiration online: Next phase of engagement for new OPL-LAC facility now live

May 21, 2019
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The second phase of the Inspire555 series to engage the public and gather input on the new Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) joint facility is online now at

In a short questionnaire on Spaces and Relationships, Canadians are invited to share their thoughts and comments with the architects regarding the location of major program spaces and uses within the building.

This questionnaire complements the input that will be gathered at three workshops to be held June 1 and 3 in Ottawa. Around 600 participants are expected to share their thoughts on how they would like to discover the new facility and explore it, both inside and out.

The questionnaire and workshops are part of a year-long local and national engagement process to inspire the design of an iconic facility destined to become an attraction for all visitors to the Capital and a community gathering place. The Inspire555 engagement series includes design workshops, pop-up events, and online engagement activities to inspire this new landmark destination. Later this year, further phases of engagement will focus on Sustainability, Iconic Features and Public and Indigenous Art.

About the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility

Set to open in 2024, the joint facility will become a landmark destination built on the shared values of the partner institutions. The facility will deliver a rich customer experience through the Ottawa Public Library’s Central Library and Library and Archives Canada’s public services, exhibitions and events, which showcase Canada’s heritage. The joint programming and services will make this a truly unique offering in Canada. It will be a modern, iconic facility that will respond to rapidly developing technology, growing customer expectations and changing demographics.

For more information on the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility, and the Inspire555 Series, please visit

Ottawa Public Library
Anna Basile
613-580-2424 ext. 32335

Library and Archives Canada

Richard Provencher
Head, Media Relations, Communications Branch
Library and Archives Canada / Government of Canada / Tel: 613-894-7509

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