Carlisle could be get­ting a new library branch to re­place ag­ing por­ta­ble

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MAC CHRISTIE

A new Hamil­ton Pub­lic Library branch could be in the cards for Carlisle.

The Hamil­ton Pub­lic Library and the City of Hamil­ton ear­lier this year com­mis­sioned a fea­si­bil­ity study for a fu­ture library ad­di­tion to the Carlisle com­mu­nity cen­tre and arena. The Hamil­ton Pub­lic Library Board ap­proved the study at its April meet­ing.

Ward 15 Coun. Judi Par­tridge said the study, which in­cluded a con­cept schematic, will be con­sid­ered by the board in the fu­ture. The cur­rent library is housed in a por­ta­ble, which Par­tridge said will reach the end of its life­span within the next three to five years.

“The next step is iden­ti­fy­ing some monies and get­ting the library board ap­proval for that,” she said. “I’m hop­ing that it’s go­ing to be around 2019 or 2020.”

Par­tridge added the de­sign will in­clude a com­mu­nity use room, mak­ing the library and arena a com­mu­nity hub of sorts.

“It cer­tainly does point to an in­crease in use,” she said of the study. “There’s more and more fam­i­lies mov­ing into the area, so we’re just look­ing at hav­ing some money from the city and some money from the library.”

She noted the com­mu­nity of Carlisle also fea­tures a size­able se­nior de­mo­graphic.

The fea­si­bil­ity study, which de­ter­mined user re­quire­ments though con­sul­ta­tion with end users and library staff, iden­ti­fied a need for a build­ing of about 3,000 square feet.

The study also in­cluded a pro­posed de­sign, which would see the library wrap around the south cor­ner of the ex­ist­ing arena build­ing, with the ex­ist­ing en­trance vestibule de­mol­ished.

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