Library renovations and parking lot closures

Beginning Monday June 1, 2015, the first phase of renovation work in the library will begin.

Revitalizing the Campus Core

Within the context of RRU’s strategic capital plan, the library was identified as a priority for building upgrades, based on a need to address significant deferred maintenance issues.

The 2014/15 decision to consolidate RRU’s student services functions and house this team in the library, requires that existing library space be reconfigured, to create contemporary, collaborative and flexible spaces for offices and learning

Beginning Monday June 1, 2015, the first phase of renovation work in the library will begin.  Details of the project plan are still being finalized; however, at this early stage, it is expected that efforts to address key maintenance issues, modernize space and create a collaborative learning commons will unfold over a number of months.

Each phase of work is being planned carefully to mitigate the impact of this project to library operations as well as services offered to students.  While RRU expects to maintain all services throughout the project, it is important to note that the library building will be an active construction zone.  Access to parts of the building will be affected as work progresses.  It is currently anticipated that the building and library services will be completely closed as of 5 p.m. on Thursday July 16 through to 9 a.m. on Monday July 19, while the library front desk is replaced.  Updates about this and other potential service interruptions will be circulated as project work continues.

Temporary Closure of the Library Parking Lot 

Starting Monday June 1 parking lot #6, adjacent to the library (west side) will be closed temporarily, to allow contractors access to the building with their vehicles and equipment.  The footpath connecting Hatley Castle and the library will provide barrier-free access and an alternate shipping and receiving route.  Library users and staff are encouraged to use general parking available in P3 (south of the castle) or P7 (Mews).

Safety First!  Please watch for construction personnel and vehicles or equipment working in and around the library building.  As needed, signage will be posted to guide visitors and members of the RRU community around localized work sites.

Questions – Comments?

How can I find out more?  Regular updates will be posted in Crossroads.  If you require additional information about the project, please contact Stewart Ralph (Director P&ER) 250 391 2690.  Information about library operations is available from Rosie Croft (RRU Librarian) 250 391 2699.