VMC Library Virtual Tour

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Nestled within the vibrant community hub, the VMC Library brings our library services, programming, and collection to the fast-growing downtown core. This new 9,000 square foot library provides welcoming spaces for children, families, students, neighbourhood residents and transit commuters. A first for VPL, we will host culinary literacy programming in the state-of-the-art community kitchen within the same building.

VMC Express – an on-the-go convenience VPL Members will also be able to enjoy street-level access to our newest titles and popular bestsellers in the self-service storefront conveniently located on Apple Mill Road – a first of its kind in Vaughan! This 400 square foot quick stop features automated check-in and check-out for fast and simple returns and pickups.

Stop on by and see what Vaughan Public Libraries can do for you. A visit will get you thinking!

Groundbreaking of Carrville Community Library

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June 8, 2022, marked another historic moment for Vaughan Public Libraries! A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Carrville Community Library, Carrville Community Centre and District Park. The new multi-use community hub will combine play, learning, fitness and sports spaces.

The new library is our response to the community’s evolving needs, where lifelong learning opportunities are accessible, and citizens have access to comprehensive programming, dynamic services, and multifaceted collections. We believe that our new library will look great and enrich people, inspire opportunities, and transform the community.

Carrville Community Library will be located between Dufferin and Bathurst streets near Major Mackenzie Drive (Carrville/Block 11), and completion is expected in 2024.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Maple Library is Now Open!

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Vaughan Public Libraries is proud to present the reimagined Maple Library! Updated to meet the needs of the local community, the new library space is welcoming, brighter, and modernized. It offers a refreshed children’s area and a new reading garden that’ll ignite your passion and excitement for reading, our in-person programming and our extensive collections. Maple Library’s new look is symbolic of our commitment to adapt and change while offering an incredible array of free programs, services and resources that will be sure to Enrich, Inspire and Transform.

VMC is Now Open!

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Welcome to VPL’s newest library location!

Nestled within the vibrant community hub, the VMC Library brings our library services, programming, and collection to the fast-growing downtown core. This new 9,000 square foot library provides welcoming spaces for children, families, students, neighbourhood residents and transit commuters. A first for VPL, we will host culinary literacy programming in the state-of-the-art community kitchen within the same building.

Stay tuned for news about our official opening celebration!

Maple Library Renovation Project

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BACKGROUND

Monteith Brown Planning Consultants were hired to conduct the Maple Library Special Area Study and re-examine the need and role of Maple Library after the opening of CCRL Civic Centre Resource Library (CCRL) opened in May, 2016. Keep reading to find out what the analysis were!

MAPLE LIBRARY SPECIAL AREA STUDY SUMMARY

The Special Area Study took into considerations many different factors affecting the use of the branch including current demographics, future projections, industry trends, library usage and community feedback. The study collected stakeholder feedback via community survey and series of library user focus groups.

Monteith Brown Planning Consultants found that despite its proximity to CCRL, Maple Library serves a special and unique purpose for the community. We heard from you how co-location to the community centre is of high priority. 66% of survey respondents also indicated no change in their use of Maple Library since the opening of CCRL. Top three things that respondents valued most about Maple Library are: location (68%), staff/service (50%), and convenience of co-location with the Maple Community Centre (48%).

Based on assessment and feedback collected, the consultant’s recommendation for Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) was to continue to operate Maple Library.  The study recommended reducing the library’s current footprint of 13,000 sq. ft to a smaller size library of 7,500-8,500 sq. ft and to align the re-imagined library to VPL’s current facility service model. The study also suggested to improve library entrance, aesthetic  improvements, comfort, enhanced children and study areas, as well as seamless technology and integrated accessibility features.

PROCESS

ATA Architects Inc. have been contracted to oversee planning and design for Maple Library face-lift! Check out the Maple Library renovation video and design concepts below

Floor Plan Concept

Main entrance to library

Marketplace

Children’s Area

Service Desk

Study Area – view south

Study Area – view north

Quiet Study Room

Inside Quiet Study Room

View of Reading Garden from Quiet Study Room

Reading Garden Access

Reading Garden

What’s happening at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Library & VMC Library Express?

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PROGRESS UPDATE

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Library and VMC Library Express are coming to you very soon! 90% of the drywall work has been completed in both library areas and most walls and ceilings have been painted. The lighting installation is also 50% complete with the large continuous fixtures installed at the Children’s area and in the main library area.

In the next few weeks, ceiling and interior glazing wall installation are scheduled to begin. The interior and exterior signage installation are also in the works.

Substantial completion continues to be set for mid-July. Soft opening is targeted for August and the official opening end of September.

First library lights have been installed. Ceiling preparation for the wood ceiling installation has been completed.

View from Children’s Area east towards the Marketplace

Stairwell from main lobby to second level library and third level CoV’s space.

Quite Study Area visible from downstairs lobby

 

 

A New Concrete Walkway At The Civic Centre Resource Library

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Have you seen the new concrete walkway at Civic Centre Resource Library? More accessible pathway into the library from the parking lot.

walk

External Signage Coming Soon at Civic Centre Resource Library

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External signage for Civic Centre Resource Library coming in 2020! Through a competitive bidding process, Vaughan Public Libraries has engaged Steel Art Signs to install external signage and a fourteen foot high pylon with electronic message centre in front of Civic Centre Resource Library on Major Mackenzie Drive.

Fourteen f00t high pylon with electronic message centre in front of Civic Centre Resource Library on Major Mackenzie Drive.

Halo-illuminated 36″ reverse channel letters to easily see the Library from a distance.

Preview of Library signage placement.

 

 

We Asked You to Pick a Seat!

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Vaughan Public Libraries is preparing to open new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Libraries in Summer 2020! Interior work is progressing well and procurement of shelving, mill work and furniture is also being coordinated simultaneously.

While some furniture will be replicated from our other libraries, including study tables, study chairs and merchandising furniture; other furniture including lounge seating will be selected through the chair survey results completed last year.

We are pleased to announce we have received 551 survey results which are being reviewed. Thank you to all customers who stopped by to test out the eight unique lounge chairs that were displayed at Civic Centre Resource Library form November 18, 2019 to December 13, 2019. We were so thrilled to see the interest and involvement Vaughan Community showed in testing out the lounge chairs. Your feedback is crucial in helping us decide what lounge chairs VMC will have. 

Some of the Lounge Chair Options for VMC Libraries

Civic Centre Resource Library Signage Project- Part 1

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Through a competitive bidding process, Vaughan Public Libraries has engaged Steel Art Signs to design external and internal signage for Civic Centre Resource Library. Internal signage installation has been completed and external signage is anticipated to be completed in 2020.

Library entrance signage.

Window graphics signage at entrance to direct customers to Library Return slot at side of building.

CREATE IT! and Teens space on first floor.

CREATE IT! space Recording Studio door.

Frosted vinyl signage on eight study rooms.

Washrooms signage.

Wayfinding signage for washrooms.

Hanging sign for Outdoor Patio on second floor.

Library Administration signage second floor.