Mississauga’s Central Library will close to the public on March 20, 2021. The closure marks the start of a two-year renovation project of the City’s largest  library building.

Construction on the 30-year-old building is scheduled to begin in April 2021, with completion expected in late 2022. The library will reopen in 2023.

All five floors of public and staff space, including the Glass Pavilion, Breezeway and the Noel Ryan Auditorium will be part of the renovation. This is the first large-scale renovation of Central Library to take place since its opening in 1991.

The new library will offer more self-serve options and access to upgraded technology throughout the building. Additional Makerspace and Maker elements will include sound and video studios, maker studio, digitization, digital creation and virtual reality.

A new interactive and creative children’s space on the first floor will enable enhanced programming and gathering.

Students will also benefit from more single-use quiet spaces and multi-use rooms that will support a wide range of programming, meeting and study needs.

An enhanced Open Window Hub will support homelessness outreach and prevention.

Customers will also have access to a new reflection room for prayer, meditation or quiet contemplation.

The Glass Pavilion will become a flexible space equipped with computer and tablet technologies to accommodate after-hours research and study.

An upgraded Breezeway will enable customers to vend physical materials, access our digital collections and download library eBooks, movies and music, with holds lockers for picking up reserved materials after hours.

Food services that offer exciting choices will be available on the main floor.

While the library is closed, contactless pickup, along with a small collection, will be relocated to the Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr. Additional collections will be available across the other 17 locations. When in-person activities can resume in the future, the library will look at providing programs in the downtown area.

Customers can also arrange for holds pickup at other libraries in the area including Mississauga Valley Library, Burnhamthorpe Library, Cooksville Library and Woodlands Library. Visit mississaugalibrary.ca for a full list of locations.

In addition, Mississauga Library offers a wide range of online resources that includes programs for all ages, books, ebooks and audiobooks, as well as newspapers. movies and TV shows. Visit mississaugalibrary.ca for details.

In honour of former Mayor Hazel McCallion’s 100th birthday and her decades of service to Mississauga, the City of Mississauga is renaming Central Library to Hazel McCallion Central Library. The new name will be formally unveiled at the City Council meeting on February 10, 2021.

Visit mississaugalibrary.ca/reno for information about the Central Library’s renovation plans.

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