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