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Brampton PL opens first new branch in 25 years

BRAMPTON LIBRARY SET TO OPEN NEW BRANCH AT MOUNT PLEASANT VILLAGE

The first new library branch in Brampton in 25 years will open its doors to the public on November 21, 2011.

The Mount Pleasant Village Branch Library, located at 100 Commuter Drive, across from the Mount Pleasant GO Station, is a partnership between the Library Board, the City of Brampton and the Peel District School Board. The new library has been constructed together with an elementary school, and functions both as a public library for the community and a school library for the students.

“This is an excellent example of how organizations with a shared mandate can come together to provide service to everyone in the community,” says Brampton Library Chief Executive Officer Cathy Matyas. “The project is a win-win for all involved, and especially the residents of northwest Brampton.”

The new library branch is located in one of the most innovative developments in the Greater Toronto Area. Mount Pleasant Village is a compact urban community that mixes three-storey freehold townhouses and detached homes in a single development. It also incorporates the historic 1902 Brampton CPR railway station into the design and functional areas of the library and community space.

The Mount Pleasant community has been designed with a focus on public transit and a pedestrian-friendly environment. The innovative development was recognized earlier this year with two awards from the Building Industry and land Development Association (BILD).

The new 19,000 sq ft library has been built on two levels and will open in stages, with the first floor open as of November 21. The second floor, which will house expanded library collections, will open as operating funding is confirmed through the budget process. The temporary Northwest branch library, located at 10500 Creditview Road, will close on November 12 and is being replaced by the new Mount Pleasant Village location.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the public into our new branch library,” says Matyas. “The Mount Pleasant Village Branch Library will finally allow us to provide the range of collections, services and programs that residents in Brampton are demanding. We’ll finally be able to provide both the traditional and new library services that support our growing and diverse community.”

The Library Board, in partnership with the City of Brampton, has commenced construction on a seventh library branch of 30,000 sf for the east side of the city, which will open in the fall of 2012.

For more information, contact:
Cathy Matyas, Chief Executive Officer, Brampton Library

About the Brampton Library

With a population of just over 500,000 Brampton is the 11th largest city in Canada. Brampton boasts a well-diversified and rapidly growing economy. Through its collections, services and programs, the Brampton Library celebrates the growth and diversity of the community, and serves residents from 175 distinct ethnic backgrounds and the 70 different languages that are spoken in our city.

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