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Hazel McCallion Central Library

A major renovation to the library will begin in April 2021, with the library expected to reopen in 2023.

Overview

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.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2021. The library will reopen in 2023.

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 Hazel McCallion Central Library to take place since its opening in 1991.

Pop Up Library

A small collection and curbside pickup will be 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

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.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2021.

Hazel McCallion Central Library will close to the public on March 20, 2021. This will enable the renovation to be completed as quickly as possible and ensure the safety of our customers and staff during construction.

Items borrowed from the Hazel McCallion Central Library can be returned at any library location.

Holds that are ready before March 4 will be available for pickup at Hazel McCallion Central Library. For items to be picked up after that date you can select an alternate pickup library location, otherwise all Hazel McCallion Central Library pending holds will be automatically changed to Mississauga Valley Library.

Learn how to select a different location to pick up your holds.

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 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 small collection and curbside pickup will be 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 total project cost is $42.8 million.

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.

Project contact details

For questions about this project, contact Michael Ferreira at michael.ferreira@mississauga.ca.

For questions about the library, contact Laura Reed at laura.reed@mississauga.ca.

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