Library Square

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Welcome! Engage Aurora is an interactive, digital space for you to learn about and provide valuable input into Town projects.

This webpage will serve as a central hub for you to visit and receive ongoing project updates. It will also be a great place to interact with other members of the community and share your ideas for how the different spaces can be used, as construction of the square gets underway and the area is transformed into a vibrant destination for our community to enjoy.

ABOUT THE LIBRARY SQUARE PROJECT

With two community spaces and unlimited possibilities, Library Square* is a place where young and old can come together in all seasons to enjoy art, theatre, music, shopping, community events and activities.

Library Square includes two key spaces – a vibrant outdoor square and a new community facility that will feature a flexible performance hall with seating for up to 250 people and a variety of multi-purpose programming spaces that will bring life and energy to our downtown core.

Library Square is a key part of Aurora's exciting downtown revitalization plan.

*The working name for the Town Square is "Library Square". The naming committee has placed name considerations on hold until final plans for the square and addition to 22 Church Street are finalized.

Welcome! Engage Aurora is an interactive, digital space for you to learn about and provide valuable input into Town projects.

This webpage will serve as a central hub for you to visit and receive ongoing project updates. It will also be a great place to interact with other members of the community and share your ideas for how the different spaces can be used, as construction of the square gets underway and the area is transformed into a vibrant destination for our community to enjoy.

ABOUT THE LIBRARY SQUARE PROJECT

With two community spaces and unlimited possibilities, Library Square* is a place where young and old can come together in all seasons to enjoy art, theatre, music, shopping, community events and activities.

Library Square includes two key spaces – a vibrant outdoor square and a new community facility that will feature a flexible performance hall with seating for up to 250 people and a variety of multi-purpose programming spaces that will bring life and energy to our downtown core.

Library Square is a key part of Aurora's exciting downtown revitalization plan.

*The working name for the Town Square is "Library Square". The naming committee has placed name considerations on hold until final plans for the square and addition to 22 Church Street are finalized.

  • Construction Notice

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    19 Jan 2021
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    Effective Wed. Jan 20, Aurora Public Library will re-open for holds pickup through a new window that has been installed at the south east end of the building on Church Street. For your convenience, a new return slot has been installed at the same location. Holds currently available for pick-up will be extended to Jan 27.

    Visit aurorapl.ca/content/service-updates for ongoing service updates.

  • Aurora Public Library is getting a new look!

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    18 Dec 2020
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    Over the next few months, the Library will receive:

    • a façade transformation that includes elevator access leading from Yonge St. to the second floor
    • two new multi-purpose programming spaces and a board/meeting room
    • a new rooftop reading garden
    • a new corridor leading to an enclosed pedestrian bridge to the 22 Church St. addition
    • a new entrance on the Library’s east side that opens up to the outdoor square

    For service updates and virtual programming visit:

    aurorapl.ca

  • Project Monitoring Task Force

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    17 Dec 2020
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    The Town has formed a Project Monitoring Task Force to monitor and examine all financial and budgetary aspects of Library Square during the construction phase, including project contingency expenditures. The Task Force first met on November 3, 2020 and will meet again on January 13, 2021. Please see the minutes from the first meeting attached.

    Project Monitoring Task Force

  • Construction Banners

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    14 Dec 2020
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    Check out the colourful new banners on the construction fencing in front of 22 Church St. The banners provide information about Aurora Cultural Centre programming during construction. For more information, come by the construction site or go to auroraculturalcentre.ca.

  • Construction Notice

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    04 Dec 2020
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    Starting the week of December 7, demolition work will begin on the Yonge St. entrance to the Aurora Public Library. Large construction equipment will be moved on site and the temporary Library parking area will be closed. Additional on-street parking has been created on Church St. and Victoria St. that the public is encouraged to use instead.

    As you navigate this area, we encourage everyone to cross at designated crosswalks, follow posted signs, and be alert when walking near the construction zone.

    See attached Map for new on-street parking and temporary accessible parking spots.

    Map of work area


  • Construction Time Lapse

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    20 Nov 2020
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    We have mounted a time-lapse camera on the roof of the Aurora Public Library to provide ongoing coverage of Library Square construction. The camera will take a picture once an hour, seven days a week, so make sure to visit this site regularly to see this project take shape before your eyes.

  • Construction Notice

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    18 Nov 2020
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    This week there will be curb side work and asphalt base coat being done along Church/Victoria Street. We would like to remind people to watch their surroundings and be alert when walking near the construction zone.


  • Construction Notice

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    09 Nov 2020
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    Starting this week, crews will be on site at Library Square for asphalt removal along Victoria street. Please exercise caution when walking in this area.

  • Library Square Tree Removals

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    04 Nov 2020
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    Crews are on the Library Square site this week performing tree removals across the property. Trees are being removed to accommodate the new facility, including parking improvements on Victoria St. and Church St. Other trees are being removed as they are non-native invasive species.


    Trees of heritage value will remain and a total of 56 new canopy trees will be planted to replace those being removed. In addition to the new canopy trees, a rich palette of smaller ornamental/flowering trees and shrubs will be planted, including Dogwood, Witch Hazel, Sumac, Nannyberry and Cranberry.
  • Construction on new Aurora Public Library entrance begins

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    25 Oct 2020
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    Starting Tuesday October 27th, crews will undertake demolition work to the Yonge St. entrance of the Aurora Public Library. There will be closures along Yonge Street as well as parking restrictions in the area. Please exercise caution when walking in the area as there will be sidewalk detours. Stay alert and be safe.

    What you need to know:

    • Northbound Yonge St. will be reduced to one lane between Church St. and Mosley St.
    • Concrete barriers and fencing will be in place on Yonge St. and signage will guide pedestrians around the work area. Hoarding will also be erected at the Library's main entrance to protect patrons from construction.
    • Reduction of Aurora Public Library parking in the east-side lot to 17 parking spaces, including 1 accessible parking space. The east-side Library entrance will also be closed off at this time.
    • An additional accessible entrance will be created on the north side of the Library, which patrons will be able to access from Yonge St. only.
    • Installation of construction fencing at the commercial property located at 15157 Yonge St. with impacts to customer parking availability.
    • Removal of various trees around the perimeter of the construction site, some of which are non-native invasive species. All trees slated to be removed will be replaced with new ones as part of landscaping work to take place during the latter stages of construction.

    Parking Restrictions:

    Patrons will have ongoing access to the Aurora Public Library for In-Library pickup, however, some parking restrictions within the vicinity are unavoidable as Library Square construction continues. As such, residents, businesses and visitors should make use of all available on and off-street public parking in the downtown area. As you navigate this area, we encourage everyone to cross at designated crosswalks, follow posted signs, and remain aware of any construction taking place. For map of parking areas available around Library Square please visit aurora.ca/librarysquare.

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