Port Colborne library now finished upgrades thanks to $121,000 grant
Published March 28, 2022 at 2:55 pm
If the pandemic taught the Port Colborne Public Library anything, it’s that the facility was badly in need of upgrades to improve its accessibility to local residents.
While COVID-19 impacted every library’s ability to maintain and expand services, the layout of the Port Colborne facility further complicated their ability to recover, meet capacity levels, add new programs and services, and increase participation.
A $121,200 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, first received in 2021, helped the staff undertake renovations, including the addition of private and collaborative study areas, to help remove barriers and make the library a more inclusive, safe, and accessible place.
The finished project was unveiled on Friday (March 25) to a very happy crew and staff.
“The enhancements to our library made possible by the OTF (grant) have created a welcoming and inclusive space for not only our residents but visitors too,” said Port Colborne Mayor Bill Steele.
Michael Cooper, Chair of the Port Colborne Public Library Board, said the renovations “will have a huge impact on the library’s ability to provide new and vibrant programs. The placement of the new service desk, the addition of so many new public workstations, and adding private and collaborative meeting spaces makes the library more inclusive and accessible.”
“Our priority is serving our community and we are confident that our patrons are going to love the new spaces.”
Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch, who represents the area, added, “It opens the doors for new activities and programs. The library is a major hub for the people of Port Colborne and this new layout focuses on improved services for the community.”
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