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January 7, 2019

Central Branch to Re-open Saturday March 23rd

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is welcoming all Kingstonians to rediscover their Central Branch on Saturday, March 23rd.  Following the completion of a large-scale renovation project, the Johnson Street branch will re-open with tours and recognition of some special donors.

“With a boost from these new renovations, we hope to make learning exciting for everyone visiting us downtown,” says Patricia Enright, Chief Librarian.  “Final preparation of the building is still underway so there is still some work to complete before we can open our doors and obtain full occupancy.  We thank our patrons for their continued support and patience.”

KFPL recently moved the Central Branch’s equipment and books back into the building – the equivalent of 30 houses worth of equipment and materials – in nine days.  KFPL staff have been working tirelessly to help ensure the success of this renovation project.

To prepare for the re-opening of the Central Branch and ensure continued fiscal responsibility, the Wellington Street Branch, which was opened during the Central Branch renovations, has now closed, as has the St Remy Place administration office and collection storage warehouse.  Downtown library patrons are encouraged to visit Artillery Park for a pop-up library, or otherwise visit one of our four other branches in the City of Kingston in the meantime.

Until the Central Branch is re-opened, certain services – such as interlibrary loans and reservations from the Central Branch collections – will be temporarily disrupted and it will take longer than usual to fulfill requests.

“We regret the delays associated with this project, which have largely been beyond our control,” adds Ms. Enright.  “We are eager for residents to rediscover their Central branch once the work is complete.”

 

December 7, 2018

Renovations and Library Service Update

Passersby will have noticed the front of the building is looking a lot more finished this week as the sidewalks, planters and the ramp have all been completed and trees have been planted. The bay windows will be finished next week and railings will be added to the ramp.

The Library has started to move back into the building, with installation of new shelving progressing well and the collections starting to move on December 10th. While library staff move back into the Central Branch and unpack and setup, some services will be unavailable or take longer than usual:

  • Reservations placed on items that are in the Central Branch collection may take longer than usual to be filled until the beginning of January.
  • Local history and genealogy collections, currently housed at the Isabel Turner Branch, will be moved sometime during the week of the 10th, and will be unavailable until the Central Branch re-opens in mid-January. Staff will do their best to send items to other branches or to look up information in the affected collections. Please submit requests through the Contact Us link on the main page.
  • Interlibrary loan service will be suspended during the move-in period. Contact illo@kfpl.ca with any questions about the status of your requests. 
  • There may be periods where the library website and some electronic resources are unavailable as we relocate servers and computing equipment.

Library staff are very exctied to get back to serving our community from the Central Branch and we really appreciate your patience as we move, get settled in and get things up and running again. 

November 20, 2018

Wellington Storefront Closing December 14

The last day of operation for the Wellington Storefront location will be December 14, 2018. The leases on our temporary spaces are up at the end of December, and we need time to pack and move and then do minor repairs and clean both the Wellington Street location and our temporary headquarters and warehouse space at 18 St. Remy Place. Watch for a post soon explaining all the logistics of the big move back into the Central Branch.

The return bin will remain at Artillery Park until Central re-opens in mid-January. The closest branches to downtown are Calvin Park, Pittsburgh and Rideau Heights. Branch and hour information is available on our website, and you can easily get directions to your closest branch.

October 30, 2018

Central Branch to Re-Open January 2019

Laura Carter, KFPL's Director, Branch Experience, spoke to Darryn Davis of Global Kingston about the Central Branch renovations and projected opening date. You can watch or read the story here.

There has been a lot of activity on the site this week, with the last of the window replacements being framed and installed, excavation along Johnson Street  to prepare for landscaping and electricians, painters, drywallers and many other trades busy inside to get ready for the mid-January opening. 

October 18, 2018

Carpet! Lights! Reading Caves!

We are very excited to share some photos as the finishes are installed in the building. 

Central's New Fiction Section)

Above: Carpet installed in the adult fiction area (formerly the adult non-fiction area)

Central Kids Cave

Above: Reading caves built into the wall in the children's area.

Central's New Children's Section

Above: Carpet installation in progress in the children's section. The ceiling tiles radiate out from a column that will have a special installation from the same company who designed our interactive play wall at the Rideau Heights Branch.

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