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Welcome to the second phase of online engagement for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility. For this phase called "Spaces and Relationships," we're looking for your ideas and input on the location of the major spaces within the building and how they relate to each other.

The joint facility will be a landmark destination that brings together the services of a public library and a national library and archives. A truly unique offering in Canada!

Help us by sharing what would make this a destination place for you, whether you are a resident of Ottawa or planning to visit Canada’s Capital.

It will be an innovative, iconic, and significant civic and national institution playing four roles:

  • a city-wide resource through OPL
  • a national resource through LAC
  • a community public library for the immediate neighbourhood
  • a destination for visitors to Ottawa

Each one of the roles will occupy spaces in the facility, with dedicated programming. A key question at this stage of the design process is where to locate these spaces and what kind of programming should be offered. Measuring approximately 20,070 square meters (216,000 square feet) – roughly the size of four football fields – this is a challenging step for architects. It’s like trying to figure out a 3-D puzzle, but the shape of each piece can change.

In 2016, LAC and OPL engaged the public to get input into the spaces and uses of the new facility. This is your opportunity to help refine and validate this information.

The questionnaire below will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. You can start now if you have already registered to access our online consultation. If not, please register and then you can start to help us design this unique facility. Registration is quick and your personal information will not be shared.

View of 555 Albert Street, the site of the joint facility.

Welcome to the second phase of online engagement for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility. For this phase called "Spaces and Relationships," we're looking for your ideas and input on the location of the major spaces within the building and how they relate to each other.

The joint facility will be a landmark destination that brings together the services of a public library and a national library and archives. A truly unique offering in Canada!

Help us by sharing what would make this a destination place for you, whether you are a resident of Ottawa or planning to visit Canada’s Capital.

It will be an innovative, iconic, and significant civic and national institution playing four roles:

  • a city-wide resource through OPL
  • a national resource through LAC
  • a community public library for the immediate neighbourhood
  • a destination for visitors to Ottawa

Each one of the roles will occupy spaces in the facility, with dedicated programming. A key question at this stage of the design process is where to locate these spaces and what kind of programming should be offered. Measuring approximately 20,070 square meters (216,000 square feet) – roughly the size of four football fields – this is a challenging step for architects. It’s like trying to figure out a 3-D puzzle, but the shape of each piece can change.

In 2016, LAC and OPL engaged the public to get input into the spaces and uses of the new facility. This is your opportunity to help refine and validate this information.

The questionnaire below will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. You can start now if you have already registered to access our online consultation. If not, please register and then you can start to help us design this unique facility. Registration is quick and your personal information will not be shared.

View of 555 Albert Street, the site of the joint facility.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Phase 1 - We want your ideas and feedback on three early concepts

    The architects have three initial concepts for how the facility might sit on the site - what architects call "3D massing models."

    The concepts are not intended to be actual designs or renderings of what the building will look like.

    Rather, it’s the starting point for how and where the future building might sit on the site given what we know of the building's square footage, what goes inside it and how all the pieces relate to each other.

    Each concept approaches these challenges in a different way.

    Now, let’s look at each

    The architects have three initial concepts for how the facility might sit on the site - what architects call "3D massing models."

    The concepts are not intended to be actual designs or renderings of what the building will look like.

    Rather, it’s the starting point for how and where the future building might sit on the site given what we know of the building's square footage, what goes inside it and how all the pieces relate to each other.

    Each concept approaches these challenges in a different way.

    Now, let’s look at each concept one at a time:
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