Surrey City Central Library is the first phase of a much larger civic investment that will transform the downtown core of Surrey and will ultimately include a new city hall, large urban plaza, underground civic parkade, performing arts centre and commercial lease space. Click here – It’s impressive!
With generous and inspiring public spaces, the new library will offer expanded collections, a large children’s library, casual reading and study spaces, a Learning Centre that will include an electronic classroom for training purposes, small and large community meeting spaces, wi-fi access and many other services.
This project is being fast tracked in order to take advantage of federal infrastructure funding and completion is expected in Spring 2011. In order to maintain community engagement through this accelerated schedule, extensive use of social media (blogs, flickr, facebook) has supplemented more traditional public meetings.
Vision Statement for the City Centre Library by the Surrey Public Library Board
Surrey’s new City Centre Library will be a unique state-of-the art environmentally friendly landmark that provides access to the broadest range of information, learning opportunities, and diverse cultural experiences. The new City Centre Library will be:
- The centrepiece for Surrey’s City Centre; adorned in architectural excellence for the 21st century, the library will contribute to the vitality of the City and put Surrey in a class with other great cities.
- A foundation for the City’s future success by boosting economic and cultural activity and attracting visitors from all parts of the country.
- A source of pride and a great public space, where the community gathers to celebrate, reflect, connect and share information, knowledge, and culture.
- A trusted centre that inspires learning and knowledge exchange, empowers people and encourages open dialogue.
(Adopted by Surrey Public Library Board September 27, 2007)