Construction Updates
Construction is now underway. Phase 1 is complete, Phase 2 completion expected Fall 2021.

The new branch is scheduled to open in Spring 2022

Please visit the City of Waterloo's website for more construction details.
Communication Updates

Throughout the construction process:

Media Releases
PDF iconSeptember 21, 2020 - City Council awards tender for construction of the East Side Branch Library

December 16, 2019 - Waterloo Public Library unveils final design of East Side Library

PDF iconNovember 21, 2017 - Waterloo Public Library to expand to the east side of the city


Feasibility Study

In September 2016, studioCANOO Architecture was contracted by the Waterloo Public Library and City of Waterloo as a Consultant to lead a Feasibility Study which would address the following objectives:

  • Assess the proposed site for the East Side Branch Library
  • Provide conceptual/schematic drawings for a new library building at the proposed site
  • Collaborate with the Waterloo Public Library and City of Waterloo to create a public engagement plan
  • Provide a final report and recommendation in partnership with Waterloo Public Library and City of Waterloo to City Council in November 2017

The East Side Branch Library project team (comprised of WPL and City staff members) has been working collaboratively with studioCANOO to advance the Feasibility Study.

Based on the work to date, the project team is recommending that an approximately 11,500 sq.ft, one-storey, building addition and approximately 2,200 sq.ft renovation of existing space (total Library floor area of approximately 13,700 sq.ft) on the east side of the RIM Park Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre be advanced to the conclusion of the Feasibility Study.

Background

Since 2015 , the Waterloo Public Library and the City of Waterloo have been working in partnership on the East Side Branch Library Project.

To plan for East Side Branch Library service, the Waterloo Public Library Board commissioned Lighthouse Consulting in 2015 to undertake a needs assessment. The goal of the study was to engage the community to articulate their vision for the proposed East Side Branch Library and Main Library. This was achieved through focus groups and an online survey. Recurring themes for the East Side included strong emphasis on technology-based programs and services, inspiring space to meet and gather, tween/teen space, accessible location, free parking and opportunities for community based partnerships.

On June 20, 2016, City of Waterloo Council approved the RIM Park Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre as a preferred location for a potential new East Side Branch Library, the specific location, design and building amenities to be determined via ongoing review, a Feasibility Study including but not limited to schematic/conceptual design options, and public engagement.