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Fort York Branch Library receives 2016 Ontario Library Association (OLA) New Library Building Award

Five Recipients of the 2016 OLA New Library Building Award Announced


TORONTO, ON (July 8, 2016):

Community development, new technologies and a commitment to environmentally sensitive design are just a few aspects recipients of the 2016 Library Building Award were judged upon. The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to announce five recipients of the distinguished award, which focused on New Library Buildings.

Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Renewal & Library, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)

Toronto Public Library Fort York Branch Library, KPMB Architects

Haliburton County Public Library, HavenCraft Designs

Ryerson University Student Learning Centre, Zeidler Partnership Architects in Association with Snøhetta

Toronto Public Library Scarborough Civic Centre Branch, LGA Architectural Partners in joint venture with Phillip H. Carter

The 2016 award presentation was made yesterday at the Annual Institute on the Library as Place, held at Sheridan Conference Centre in Oakville, Ontario on July 7 and 8.

The OLA Library Building Award encourages and showcases excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries in Ontario. The award is divided into two alternating categories (Library Architectural and Design Transformation, and New Library Buildings) and runs every third year to allow a critical number of projects in all types of libraries to accumulate.

“The award recipients, along with their architectural firms, have created wonderful spaces that have become tremendous community assets,” said Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director of OLA. “They have shown that libraries can be well-designed places for play, energy, serenity and excitement.”

The OLA salutes our recipients’ dedication to meeting the demand for multi-functional library buildings that serve the needs of their communities and organizations, as well as committing to being environmentally conscious. For quotes, photos, interviews and additional information, please email