Since 2016, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Ottawa Public Library have joined forces on an ambitious project: the design of a shared building where the public services of both institutions will be made available. Architects have been working since early 2019 to design a modern, iconic facility at the cutting edge of technology.
Expected to open in 2024, this new building will be located at 555 Albert Street—in the heart of Ottawa—just a few hundred metres from the current LAC building on Wellington Street.
The new facility is expected to attract more than 1.7 million visitors annually, and will be a great opportunity to showcase Canadian heritage and broaden access to our country’s history, culture and knowledge.
The new shared building will prominently and vividly express the value that Canadians place on libraries and archives. Just imagine, the richness of a public library and a national memory institution under one roof!
Evoking pride in Canada’s identity, the facility will provide a welcoming space for learning, discovery and collaboration, founded on an enhanced client service experience.