The new Springdale Library is now officially open.
The newest library branch is 20,000 square feet, plus 5,000 square feet of city-owned community space. However, the floor-to-ceiling windows and the high ceilings make the space seem bigger on the inside than one might expect.
The windows are covered in a solar-responsive ceramic frit, meant to mimic the pages in a book; the pattern technique also helps to reduce glare, and minimizes solar transmission, which means that despite the amount of sunlight entering the building, it won’t get as hot as a greenhouse.
The library is a LEED Gold standard building, with environmental features such as electric car charging stations, geothermal heating and cooling, grey water systems (splash pad water is diverted to water the gardens), and a green roof.
This library is situated within walking distance from several schools and located on or close to two major city bus routes.
The library is designed to make one want to linger longer than they planned to as well as encourage others to step in and discover the riches that lay inside. There is a lounge-like space that looks out onto a contemplative garden. A spectacular skylight floods the space with natural light. A long desk where one can work on a laptop or read a book, overlooks this lounge, unlike other branches where these activities are pushed off to the sides.
On one side of the pyramid, there’s the adult fiction and non-fiction section. Nearby is the Brampton Library system’s third Makerspace, with two 3D printers, laser cutters, and a computer with audio-recording equipment.
Another corner features a new open community space; the library hasn’t finalized the primary use of the space, but staff have suggested it could be used during March Break for drop-in activities, an indoor lounge for seniors, or possibly an after-hours study space for students when the library itself isn’t open.
The children’s section stands out for being the most child-friendly space in a city building in Brampton. This section is close to the new Komagata Maru Park, and the carpet is green like grass.
Child-sized versions of the furniture keeps it connected thematically to the rest of the library, while the ledges surrounding the space also have books in them so that even the smallest kids can pick up a book. There’s even a mini-version of the main skylight, establishing that while this is the children’s section, it doesn’t have to be designed differently.
The best new feature in the library has to be the giant Everbright wall, where anyone can twist the knobs to change colours, making pictures and words.
The new library cost the city $17 million and was originally supposed to open by summer 2016. However, due to a delay in tendering the contract, this date was pushed to March 2017, and eventually to its opening this week.
The Brampton Library Springdale branch is located at 10705 Bramalea Road, about 500 metres north of Sandalwood Parkway. There is parking, including electric car charging spots, and Brampton Transit route 15 Bramalea stops directly outside. The library is open every day. – CINEWS