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Pittsburgh Branch Renovations & Expansion

Questions About the Renovations

How old is the present facility?

The Pittsburgh Branch opened in its current form in January 2000. It consists of a 4000 square foot addition onto an historic limestone farmhouse, known as Hawthorne Cottage.

How many users are served by this branch?

The Pittsburgh Branch welcomed 45,251 visitors in 2017, who borrowed 82,506 items and asked 13,547 questions. 

Why is it necessary to renovate and expand the Pittsburgh Branch?

The branch is undersized to serve the growing community in Kingston East. 

Will the current branch be closed at any time during the project?

At this point, we are expecting the branch to be closed while construction takes place and for library service to be offered to the residents of East Kingston through a temporary location.

What collections and services will be featured in the renovated building?

The Library will be doing public engagement prior to the design phase of the project to help determine the collections, programs and services that will be offered at the renovated and expanded branch.

How will accessibility be improved in the building after the renovation?

The  City of Kingston's Facility Accessibility Design Standards (FADS) guides the design and construction process to ensure accessibility for all members of our community. We will be working with the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) to make sure the design, furniture and shelving are accessible.

What is LEED and what level are you trying to achieve?

We are following the City of Kingston's Enhanced Municipal Green Building Policy which requires major renovation and construction projects to achieve silver level certification in the Canada Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The goal is to minimize energy costs, waste and greenhouse gas emissions and to protect indoor air quality. For more information about the City's green buildings and sustainability initiatives, please see their website. 

When will the building be completed?

Timing of the renovation and expansion is still to be decided, and requires coordination with the Third Crossing and Highway 15 projects.


This page will be updated with additional questions and information as the project progresses. Last update: September 18, 2018