The Government of Canada announced a federal investment of more than $5.9 million to build a new public library in Kitchener, Ont.
The new energy efficient library will meet net-zero carbon building standards and exceed the highest accessibility standards. It will draw 100 per cent of its energy from renewable sources, which include solar panels and geothermal technology. With its single-storey design, low shelving with wide aisles, and barrier-free parking, the new library will be fully accessible for everyone to enjoy.
“Modern community and recreational infrastructure is vital to community well-being and development. Today’s important announcement will provide residents in Kitchener with an accessible and energy efficient facility they can enjoy for years to come. Our Government will continue to work with its provincial, territorial, and municipal partners to invest in local community infrastructure, promote climate action, and build more resilient and inclusive communities,” said Valerie Bradford, MP for Kitchener South-Hespeler.
Once complete, the new SouthWest Public Library will provide a space for groups to meet, individuals to work and study and for children to play. The learning gardens and commercial kitchen will provide a hands-on experience for patrons to learn and explore food literacy from “farm to table”.
“We are committed to the sustainability of our services, spaces and resources. With this financial support from Infrastructure Canada, we are proud that Kitchener Public Library will be the first in Kitchener, Ontario and one of the first in Canada to build a Net-Zero and Carbon Neutral public facility,” said Mary Chevreau, CEO of the Kitchener Public Library.
Featured image: (Kitchener Public Library)