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Isabel Turner Branch Renovations

About the Project

The Isabel Turner Branch will undergo renovations to enhance accessibility and functionality and update the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. These improvements are vital to maintaining a modern and welcoming environment for all library visitors.  

Built in 1997, the Isabel Turner Branch is the second largest branch within the KFPL system with a floor area of 32,000 square feet. This branch is an important community hub in Kingston’s west end that facilitates learning, economic and skill development, creativity, environmental sustainability, social justice and civic placemaking for its residents. 

The Isabel Turner Branch is KFPL’s busiest location, generating the highest visitation and circulation totals in the library system. The building has now been in service for 25 years and library service, technology, community needs, and accessibility standards have changed significantly during this time. Over its 25 years in service, the branch has evolved to fill a critical role as a community hub in Kingston’s west-end. The renovation project will aim to turn the Isabel Turner Branch into a more energy-efficient, sustainable, and accessible space that will continue to deliver key community services and programming. 


In June 2023, the City of Kingston’s Facilities & Construction Management Services department (FMCS) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the renovation. Capital funds for the project’s design phase were included in the 2023 FMCS budget.  

In August 2023, the City engaged +VG Architects – The Ventin Group Ltd., a firm with expertise in designing and renovating library and community spaces including the Kingston East Community Centre. 


Library services will be temporarily relocated during the project's construction phase. The timeline for the renovation, including finding an interim library space, is still to be determined.  

Next Steps 

Staff are preparing and planning for the operational impacts of the renovation. KFPL will provide updates on the timeline and community engagement opportunities as the project progresses.