Hazel McCallion Central Library closed on March 20, 2021 to undergo a major renovation to meet the growing needs of its customers and changing business priorities. The renovation will move the library forward as an important part of an urban community that inspires literacy, creativity and lifelong learning.
All five floors of public and staff space, including the Glass Pavilion, Breezeway and the Noel Ryan Auditorium are under renovation. At this time all interior demolition has been completed, construction of the fourth floor sky lounge has commenced and mechanical and electrical rough-ins are ongoing.
This is the first large-scale renovation of Hazel McCallion Central Library to take place since its opening in 1991. The library is scheduled to reopen in 2023.
Pop Up Library
A small browsing collection, computers and print and copy access have been relocated to a Pop Up Library location at the Living Arts Centre while the library is closed.
Customers can also arrange for holds pickup at other libraries in the area including Mississauga Valley Library, Burnhamthorpe Library, Cooksville Library and Woodlands Library. Visit mississaugalibrary.ca/locations for a full list of library locations.
Questions and answers
Construction began in April 2021.
Hazel McCallion Central Library is undergoing a major renovation to meet the growing needs of our customers and changing business priorities. The renovation will move the library forward as an important part of an urban community that inspires literacy, creativity and lifelong learning.
Hazel McCallion Central Library has closed to the public on March 20, 2021. This ensures that the renovation will be completed as quickly as possible and ensures the safety of our customers and staff during construction.
All five floors of public and staff space, including the Glass Pavilion, Breezeway and the Noel Ryan Auditorium will be part of the renovation. This is the first large-scale renovation of Central Library to take place since its opening in 1991.
Customers will be able to browse and borrow thousands of new books, DVDs, video games and much more. The new library will offer more self-serve options and access to upgraded technology throughout the building. Additional Makerspace and Maker elements will include sound and video studios, maker studio, digitization, digital creation and virtual reality.
During the renovation period, approximately 28,000 sq. ft. of public space will be added within the existing building, along with plans for an additional 6,000 sq. ft. of secondary space on the fourth floor overlooking Celebration Square.
The new facility will meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) requirements to provide barrier-free access. An updated heating, ventilation and air conditioning system will provide enhanced air flow and comfort. Upgraded washrooms will feature contact-free fixtures.
Upgraded technology throughout the building will offer more self-serve options, along with greater access to digital collections and in-library services. A new interactive and creative children’s space on the first floor will enable enhanced programming and gathering.
Students will benefit from more single-use quiet spaces and multi-use rooms that will support a wide range of programming, meeting and study needs.
An enhanced Open Window Hub will support homelessness outreach and prevention. Customers will have access to a new reflection room for prayer, meditation or quiet contemplation.
The Glass Pavilion will become a flexible space equipped with computer and tablet technologies to accommodate after-hours research and study.
An upgraded Breezeway will enable customers to vend physical materials, access our digital collections and download library eBooks, movies and music, with holds lockers for picking up reserved materials after hours.
Food services that offer exciting choices will be available on the main floor.
The parking garage will remain open throughout construction, with some periodic disruptions.
While the library is closed, a Pop Up Library has been relocated to the Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr. Collections will be expanded at the library’s 17 other locations.
Customers can also arrange for holds pickup at other libraries in the area including Mississauga Valley Library, Burnhamthorpe Library, Cooksville Library and Woodlands Library. Visit mississaugalibrary.ca for a full list of locations.
The library will reopen as the newly-renamed Hazel McCallion Central Library in 2023.
There are no planned long-term road closures during construction. Occasional short-term road closures may be necessary in order to accommodate moving equipment and construction activity.
The current project budget of $49 million includes the original budget of $42.8 million and an additional Council approved funding of $6.2 million.
The additional funding incorporates the City of Mississauga Green Building Standards, covers rising costs and it allowed for a temporary relocation of library operations to help limit disruptions to services.
Last updated: November 2023
The funds for the Central Library renovation project were approved by Council and allocated in previous budgets. There will be no negative impact on the property tax for the 2021 or future City budgets.
The new Central Library will be built to meet the long-term needs of Downtown Mississauga’s rapidly growing population and beyond, now and well into the future.
In honour of former Mayor Hazel McCallion’s 100th birthday and her decades of service to Mississauga, the City of Mississauga is renaming Central Library to Hazel McCallion Central Library. The new name will be formally unveiled at City Council meeting on February 10, 2021.