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Extended Hours Project

Background

Community consultation for the 2022 Library Facilities Plan identified expanded hours as the request service priority at branches across Kingston-Frontenac. Additional requests included expanded print collections and digital collections.

The municipalities and the Library face increasing funding pressures. The Library is seeking innovative ways to delivery service within these financial constraints

The Pittsburgh Branch is located in an area of significant development and requires a major renovation and expansion.  This need for increased space and hours of service in this growing community was noted in the 2004 Kingston Frontenac Public Library Branch Services Review; the need has grown with ongoing development in the area. This expansion has been in the Library’s capital plan for several years.

The Extended Hours Pilot Project was included in the Library’s 2022 capital plan, and the Library’s budget request to the City of Kingston was approved by Council.

The goal of the pilot project is to increase access to and use of the Pittsburgh Branch leading into the branch expansion. The effectiveness of Extended Hours will be evaluated using data and feedback from staff and patrons.

KFPL staff will engage the community throughout the implementation process.

Extended Hours Pilot Project Timeline

Fall 2021              Branch Hours Review Community Survey

December 2021    Community Information Open Houses

Spring 2022           Library Facilities Plan Engagement

Summer 2022        Review Library Facilities Plan recommendations

Fall 2022

  • Extended Hours Project planning phase
  • Fall 2022 Consultation with Kingston East residents to gather feedback on recommended implementation and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Project Report to the Kingston Frontenac Public Library Board
  • Consult residents of Kingston East and other potential users of the Pittsburgh Branch on the best times/days for staffed operation and for Extended Hours operation.

Winter 2023  - Winter 2024

  •  Extended Hours Pilot Project

Get Involved

Updates on the process will be posted on the project’s Community Consultation page, and will be shared on our website and social media channels. Subscribe to our Engage KFPL newsletter to receive updates by email.

We will also use our other newsletters and in-branch displays to connect community members to the discussion.

Questions or additional comments can be directed to Kimberly Sutherland Mills, Director, Service Design and Delivery, at kmills@kfpl.ca or (613) 549-8888 x3520.