$43-million central library will reopen this year in Mississauga’s downtown core

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Published July 28, 2023 at 10:08 am

VIDEO: Hazel McCallion Library in Mississauga takes shape after year of renovations
The Hazel McCallion Central Library will reopen in December 2023 after massive renovations are completed. Shown above, under construction, is a top view from the north atrium. (Photo: City of Mississauga)

Mississauga’s central library, closed for major renovations for more than two years, will reopen to the public this December in the downtown core.

The $42.8-million state-of-the-art Hazel McCallion Central Library promises to inspire “literacy, creativity and lifelong learning,” City of Mississauga officials say.

The library, renamed in February 2021 to honour the late mayor on her 100th birthday, has been closed since March 2021 when renovations began.

City officials said the library needed “to undergo a major renovation to meet the growing demands of its customers and changing business priorities.”

A City spokesperson told insauga.com this week that the library is on schedule to reopen in December.

And the dramatically reimagined facility promises to make a big splash once it does reopen, Mississauga officials say.

“The renovation will move the library forward as an important part of an urban community that inspires literacy, creativity and lifelong learning,” City officials said in an earlier project update that appeared online.

All five floors of public and staff space, including the Glass Pavilion, Breezeway and the Noel Ryan Auditorium, are under renovation.

The major project, which includes plans for a fourth-floor sky lounge, marks the first large-scale renovation of the library since its opening in 1991.

The central library, located at 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., will grow by about 28,000 sq-ft. of public space as a result of the renovations.

The plan also calls for some major upgrades to the 30-year-old building including updated heating, ventilation and air conditioning that will provide enhanced air flow and comfort.

As well, upgraded washrooms will feature contact-free fixtures and enhanced technology throughout the building will offer more self-serve options, along with greater access to digital collections and in-library services, officials say.

The facility will also be completely barrier-free to those with disabilities.

Rendering of the completed Hazel McCallion Central Library. (Image: City of Mississauga)

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