Central Library Information Hub

Develop program & cost effective options that fit the role of short-stay displays and information booth in a public space.

Project Description: We have an area of the Central library that is not very well utilized, yet it’s an attractive space that has lots of foot traffic and exposure to York Boulevard. We would like to improve this space to better serve our community by developing it into an informational and promotional hub for the Library, City departments, and community partners and initiatives.

The vision is for the Library, City of Hamilton, and community groups/agencies/event organizers to use this space to promote their initiatives. An important goal of this project is to enable this space as a hub of everything going on in Hamilton, not just the Core. Another goal is to improve the library’s street presence on York Boulevard. We will strive to keep this area fresh with input from other community groups representing schools, festivals, street fairs, community events, community advocacy groups (etc.) as well as highlighting programs and events at Central and other library locations. We wish to develop this area as a place where citizens and visitors can see what is happening in all our little communities across the City of Hamilton. This space needs to be flexible and easy to use. The program itself needs to be developed with the needs of the groups that are to use this space. And finally, it needs to integrate with the library’s workflows and technologies as well as being cost effective for the library to sustain this shared space.

We anticipate that this area will complement our other shared spaces at Central Library (4th floor zones/gallery, Hamilton Room auditorium, Central’s Living Room display space) that are also used by our community partners.

City Staff:  Sean Crowe, IT Administrator

Deliverables:  Primary Research (ie. conducting surveys and/or collecting data), Prototype (physical), Design, Marketing Campaign, Pilot, Event or Workshop

Location: Ward 2

City Strategy Priority: Community Engagement and Participation, Economic Prosperity and Growth, Healthy and Safe Communities, Clean and Green, Built Environment and Infrastructure, Culture and Diversity, Our People and Performance, This project would enable all these priorities.

Availability: Fall semester 2019 (September - December)

Staff participation: Two hours/week

Number of groups: 2