Crucial resource centre reopens at downtown Mississauga’s new-look central library


Published January 15, 2024 at 12:36 pm

Open Window Hub reopens at Hazel McCallion Central Library in Mississauga.

A crucial community support service that’s part of the newly renovated Hazel McCallion Central Library in Mississauga’s downtown core reopened today.

City of Mississauga officials said on Monday that the Open Window Hub is now available again to those who need it. The resource and information centre is there to “to support and empower individuals and families who are unhoused and/or experiencing mental health issues within Mississauga.”

Library officials say the facility allows people in need, or those who know someone in need, to “get connected to resources and support for a brighter future.”

The Open Window Hub is also available to people at the Meadowvale Community Centre and Library and Port Credit Library.

Among various services, the program offers people amenities such as access to shower facilities.

Alternatively, those in need can also call the Region of Peel Street Helpline at 1-877-848-8481. The helpline is available 24 hours a day to support those who are homeless.

The reimagined and “state-of-the-art” Hazel McCallion Central Library partially reopened in December after having been shut down for more than two years while some $49 million in renovations were completed.

Cost of the project wound up being just over $6 million more than initial estimates.

The renovated library is operating with limited services and hours, officials say, until its grand opening on Feb. 3.

The library had been closed for major renovations for more than two years in order to “meet the growing needs of our customers,” library officials said earlier, adding the new-look facility promises to inspire “literacy, creativity and lifelong learning.”

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

(Cover photo: City of Mississauga)

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