We’ve listened to what you’ve told us.

Meeting Part One:

Meeting Part Two:

November 4, 2010 - 5th Public Meeting

The input and ideas of community members unquestionably guided the design of Halifax Central Library. The process of working together was a pleasure, and all partners were happy with how our public consultations shaped a landmark building for downtown Halifax.

Over 250 people came to see the design presentation and to give their feedback.

Halifax Central Library

Here are some general comments and themes that emerged:

First Floor

“Local art.  Minimum percentage at least.”
“Public square.  Movement through to street sides.”
“Good positioning of new books and DVDs in easy access as opposed to third, fourth and fifth floor.”
“Playful, inviting spaces; nice contrast from traditional library atmosphere.”

Second Floor

“Is there a place for nursing mothers?”
“Things for adults to do while watching children – computers, reading, seating, information access.”
“Big comfy chairs for parents and children to read together.”
“With so much glass walls, where will children’s art work be displayed?”
“How can the teen area express the value of books as well as provide the usual teen magnet technology?”

Third/Fourth/Fifth Floors

“Flexibility of meeting rooms is key.”
“Are there silent rooms or areas in the building or are the study cells the only quiet spaces?”
“Like the study cells!  Flexible spaces are good.”
“Designated Mi’kmaq history/language/knowledge and Black History space.  Community consultation on development of this.”
“What is local history?  How does it fit with the Public Archives?  Will it include history of African Nova Scotians?”
“Will there be enough cozy nooks?”
“Glass projection screen of one outdoor wall, for public screening.  Maybe partner with the Film Festival?”
“How will the building weather and how will it look?  Sustainability technology.”
“They’re taken care of most/all of our ideas.  Making the top floor public was the biggest/best idea.”


“Things are meeting our needs.”
“We are glad you listened.  Thank you!”
“We love it.”