It’s time for the Charleswood Library to move on to bigger and better things.
The library, currently located at 5014 Roblin Blvd., is expected be moving into a new location at 4910 Roblin Blvd. in Charleswood Square.
"We are moving to a lease facility, which is in a mall at the corner of Roblin Boulevard and Dieppe Road, which is very close to the existing library," said Rick Walker, manager of library services.
Right now, the architectural plans for the library are close to being finished, and construction is expected to start in May. There isn’t an exact date of completion, but Walker said the goal is to be moved in by the end of the year.
The current library is 4,400 square feet, and the new location will be 14,000 square feet.
"We’ve been working on the architectural plans since January of this year, but the project goes back to last year when there was interest for a new location for the Charleswood Library," Walker said.
The new location will be a single-level facility, making it easily accessible for those with mobility issues. Walker said the new library will have amenities that the current location does not have, such as more computers, a larger children’s area, a multi-purpose room, a tutorial room, increased study space, and a reading space.
When asked about the levels of noise that the library will have to endure being in a mall, Walker said that libraries are no longer places that have to be quiet.
"It’s not only a place to borrow a book or to study, but also to attend programs. It’s a leisure space in the community, a place to attend meetings," Walker said. "Libraries are busy, active places, and we like them to be that way. We hope that it will be a very active and busy place."
However, Walker said there will be designated study areas for those who prefer to work in silence.