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Halifax Central Library
This week we’re visiting the Halifax Central Library. Located kitty corner to the Halifax Memorial Library (the old library), it’s one of the newest buildings in the downtown core, opened to much excitement and anticipation on December 13, 2014. Welcome to week 294 (9/22/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. I’m sorry to have missed last week. I came down with a miserable cold, which is still lingering. Let’s have a look at this fab building and a welcome addition to our city. If you missed week 293; The Nova Center, check it out here.
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Halifax Memorial Library
Here’s a photo of our old library, and it seems like it has always been old! The building opened in 1951 as a memorial to World War casualties. The staff here did a great job of offering a plethora of useful services to the public in a crowded and dusty space. The statue of Winston Churchill is still outside. I’m not sure what is going to happen to the building or Winston. For the moment, it’s empty, and Sir Churchill seems to be holding down the fort.
Halifax Central Library
The new library is kitty corner to the old library on Halifax’s Spring Garden Road, the longest shopping street east of St Catherine’s Street in Montreal. A local architecture firm, Fowler Bauld and Mitchell partnered with the international firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen to bring the building to reality. They were helped along with this vision statement from city residents.
An active part of daily life in Halifax where people connect with one another and work collaboratively and individually.
- A resource supporting lifelong learning, professional development, and personal growth.
- A new approach to traditional library services reflecting developments in technology and different learning styles.
- A vibrant part of Halifax’s rich cultural, educational, and civic resources.
- A welcoming environment where citizens feel empowered and enlightened by the provision of knowledge and their own learning experiences.
- An avenue of real-time access to collections and resources.
- An asset to the branch libraries in supporting their collections, service development, and programming.”
I love that they kept that beautiful, huge tree!
Lot’s of beautiful space and seating to relax and read outside. During the week the square is full of people. It was a little quieter on this Sunday morning. I’m sure that it got busier as the day wore on.
Central Library Mural
This colorful mural covers the wall behind the circulation desk on the main floor. Each block looks like a book cover and contains a message or a photo from a city resident. I love the idea!
Floors 2 through 5 of the Halifax Central Library are home to offices, meeting rooms, and of course book stacks. The fifth floor contains a cafe (and on the first floor) where you can purchase drinks, sweets, soup and sandwiches. Prices are reasonable, and the food is tasty. Also, the staff is super friendly!
When the weather is nice the 5th-floor patio is open for patrons to enjoy the harbor views with their coffee or lunch.
I went to work in the Bell Alliant building after I graduated university. Back then, it was Maritime Tel and Tel and my first job there was as a Library Assistant in their business library. Libraries are in my blood!
If you’re interested in learning more about the Halifax Central Library, check out the two links below. Don’t forget to visit when you’re in town! After you finish at the library, it’s just a quick stroll to the Halifax Public Gardens!
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