Located in the heart of the Aylmer sector, the new three-storey building will house the library (two storeys) and the Aylmer service centre.
Gatineau seized the opportunity to replace an aging building. The current one at 115 rue Principale will be demolished and replaced.
Its architecture and strategic location will make the new Place des Pionniers a beacon in the community, and will help revitalize rue Principale. The new building will have its very own identity and character, and will include all of the required elements for a 21st century library.
An architecture competition will be held this fall with a two-fold objective:
While the work is underway, the current library will be relocated, and most of its services and schedule will be maintained.
The new building's inauguration and the reopening of the Lucy-Faris Library are planned for 2025.
The needs of the users of the Lucy-Faris Library are growing and vastly exceed what the current building can offer.
The Lucy-Faris Library in a nutshell:
Even though the library is very popular, the building no longer fully meets users' requirements:
Libraries are increasingly becoming places where people gather and share, an adjunct to the neighbourhood community.
A new net 2,700 m2 surface area will enable the Lucy-Faris Library to fulfill its mission as a resource library. The library will include:
The current site of the Lucy-Faris Library is the optimal location for this new resource library.
The choice of a three-story building with a two-storey library and offices on the main floor has several advantages. The offer of municipal services will be maintained. In addition, it will be able to accommodate any future expansion of the library.
Gatineau seized the opportunity to replace an aging building. The current building at 115 rue Principale will be demolished and replaced. Built in 1987, the building has several structural issues:
As you know, on June 28, 2018, the Municipal Council resolved to demolish and rebuild Place des Pionniers.
Gatineau wants to hold an architecture competition to build a signature building that will help protect the environment with a LEED certified building that will be a source of pride.
Holding an architecture competition carries many advantages, specifically by:
The current timeline is an estimate, and will be revisited at every stage of the planning and implementation process. As with any construction project, adjustments may be required, which could lead to a revised timeline.
On May 6, 2020, Gatineau consulted residents about the construction of the new Place des Pionniers building, which will house the Lucy-Faris Library. Consult the Civic activities page for more details
Born into one of the first families to settle in Aylmer, Lucy Faris (1855-1924) lived there her whole life. An avid reader who firmly believed that every member of her community should have access to books and education, in her will she provided for the establishment of a library in Aylmer. It is thanks to her community spirit and her generous contribution that the Aylmer library saw the light of day in 1938.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.