The downtown branch of the TNRD Kamloops Library is in for its first major upgrade since it was opened in 1998. Plans currently being studied include reconfiguring the main floor for more active functions such as an updated children’s space and an 800-sq.-ft. café, and reserving the second floor for quieter activities.
As well, a concept is being worked on to enhance the library’s exterior. One of the criticisms of the Civic Building over the years has been the starkness of its long brick wall on Victoria Street.
Proposed changes are part of strategic planning over the past several years, and both staff and public have been consulted. Further consultation is continuing on the need for the library to “optimize space so that more informal programs, events and activities will comfortably co-exist with independent study and quiet areas” and “provide welcoming, inviting and accessible public space so that community members can learn, connect and share with each other.”
One of the fundamental findings of the review has been recognition that the public library is a community gathering place rather than just a place to store books. However, the proposed plan attempts to address noise concerns.
Here’s the outline of plans for the two floors as outlined in a report to the TNRD board: