Small Public Library, Big Community Impact

Come hear Wellington County Public Library’s experience at the OLA Poster Session on Thursday February 2, Lower Lobby of the Convention Centre, Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Reinvesting in the Carnegie Legacy: Small Public Libraries, Big Community Impact

 Danielle Arial

Wellington County Library

Throughout the last decade, the County of Wellington has exemplified a commitment to community investment.  In that time, nine of their fourteen branches have been renovated or reconstructed, with the five others to be completed over the next six years.  Reinvestment in the County’s five original Carnegie libraries substantiates the very real return on investment Andrew Carnegie imagined. These innovative building projects create healthy, vibrant communities: barrier-free accessibility combined with environmentally sustainable construction standards lay the foundation for significant community impact.  Accessible washrooms and parking, along with assistive technologies exemplify the County’s commitment to barrier-free service.  Living roofs, rainwater collection for washroom use and daylight harvesting are just a few of the initiatives incorporated into the County’s Green Legacy Building Standards.  The poster session will inspire other municipalities, providing ideas as to how they can renew this worthwhile investment.

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