Port Credit Library in Mississauga to remain closed to public due to structural damage


Published July 9, 2021 at 6:20 pm


The City of Mississauga has announced the Port Credit Library will remain closed to the public due to structural issues.

The library is built on a landfill, and the City has determined the deterioration of the piers that support the building has reached an unsafe level for it to remain open to the public.

Port Credit Library customers can continue to pick up holds at the Port Credit Arena from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Additionally, late fees for items borrowed from this location are being waived, and there is a drop-off bin for returns in the arena that is available during the above times only, but items borrowed from the Port Credit Library can also be returned to any Mississauga Library location.

In November 2016, a structural review of the building began, and bi-monthly structural monitoring has been conducted since then.

In April 2021, the City retained an engineering consulting firm to conduct a detailed assessment of the building’s piers, and on June 30, 2021, the final report was issued to the City.

It found that all four piers had degraded due to exposure over a prolonged period of time, and there was evidence that there had been significant structural loss in three of the four piers over the last five years.

It also found that there were no obvious signs of distress or structural failures observed in the piers during the condition survey, and there have been no significant movements of the floor structure reported as part of the bi-monthly structural monitoring program implemented onsite since January 2017.

“Out of care and in accordance with consultant recommendations, the City has made the difficult decision to close the Port Credit Library to the public,” Stephen Dasko, councillor for Ward 1 in Mississauga, said in a news release.

“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the closure causes to library customers. I know the library is at the heart and soul of our Port Credit neighbourhood and as a City, we are committed to continuing to serve you as we have done throughout the pandemic. Staff, together with Council will consider a longer-term action plan,” he continued.

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