Coquitlam Plans to Relocate City Centre Library


Coquitlam Library City Centre

The City of Coquitlam has purchased the ground floor portion of a building located at 1169 Pinetree Way [map] to relocate and expand the City Centre Public Library. Coquitlam City Council approved $15 million in funding in this year’s budget to accommodate the much needed space for a new library in the city centre neighbourhood, which continues to experience ongoing expansion.

“A new space for our City Centre library has been a longstanding priority. This is a valuable step forward in ensuring our City facilities meet the needs of our community,” says Mayor Richard Stewart. “This particular building gave us an opportunity to realize that goal at a lower cost and within a shorter timeframe. It’s definitely a win-win.”

The City has conducted extensive research on the building’s infrastructure including structural reports, a building envelope inspection, and mechanical, plumbing and heating inspections. The City will take possession of the building, which has over 90 available parking spaces, on June 28, 2011.

New Library Location at 1169 Pinetree Way

“Our public has been telling us for some time that our existing City Centre library is too small and difficult to access,” commented Rhian Piprell, Director Coquitlam Public Library. “My board and I are very excited to have the opportunity to design and create a new main library in the centre of the city. This new facility will meet the needs of the citizens of Coquitlam into the future.” The Chairman of the Coquitlam Library Board, John Meneghello echoed those comments, “The Mayor and council have shown managerial courage and conviction during difficult economic times to make this decision.”

I can say from first-hand experience that this change is long overdue. I took my firstborn to Baby Time at the City Centre library all the way back in 2005. Even six years ago it was very difficult to find parking in the city parkade or on neighbourhood streets. With the growth in the area, and the addition of venues like Spirit Square, the situation has only worsened. I am very glad to hear that a new and expanded library will be available to City Centre residents.

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Comments

  1. The Town Centre Library Branch location was always intended as only a temporary site, and has been at capacity and on the Coquitlam agenda for a long time; certainly from prior to when I served as a library board trustee in Coquitlam around 2004’ish. I seem to recall it being bumped at that time due to the greater need for the new Glen Pine Pavilion.

    Congratulations to Coquitlam Library Board, Coquitlam, and to Mayor Stewart: http://www.bclocalnews.com/tri_city_maple_ridge/tricitynews/news/109036259.html

    Coquitlam library users need to get behind the city’s plans for an Evergreen Line station at Lincoln Avenue. With an Evergreen Line station in the immediate vicinity the access will be outstanding.

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