Central Branch Renovations

Central Branch Renovations Updates

Posted on June 28, 2018

Central Branch to Re-Open Fall 2018

After Kingston City Council approved lease extensions for the temporary spaces at 18 St Remy Place and 209 Wellington Street, the Library invited Darryn Davis from CKWS to discuss the Central Branch renovation project and the revised schedule, which has the library re-opening in October 2018.  Watch read his piece on the CKWS website

Everyone on the project team is working hard to complete the renovations and really appreciates the support and patience of our community and patrons.

Posted on June 1, 2018

The Artistry of the Brick

The re-installation of the brick is being coordinated with the new windows and frames, and is almost complete! To ensure a seamless finish, some of the new bricks will be hand-painted to match the original bricks.


The artist's palette. There are several different colours of brick.

A section of wall with old and new brick, after painting. 



Posted on April 26, 2018

Spring update!

With the warmer weather now here, work is moving forward quickly on the exterior of the building! New windows are being installed and brick is getting replaced and repaired on the Johnson Street side of the building.  You might notice that the new brick looks a little different than the original brick - and it is, for now! We matched the new brick as close as possible to the existing brick and will be hand-staining the new bricks to match the rest of the bricks later this Spring. 

Central Window

New windows above the parking garage.


Central Interior

Acoustic panels and light fixtures being installed in the large second floor meeting room. 


Central Interior

New light fixtures on the first floor in the adult fiction area. 


Central Exterior

New insulation and brick being installed.

Posted on March 15, 2018

Libraries in the News

Thanks to Darryn Davis at CKWS, you can get a look behind the scenes of the Central Branch renovation project. Click here to see Darryn chat with Rob Crothers, Project Manager and Laura Carter, Director, Branch Experience.  Library renovations were also featured in the Kingston Whig-Standard in February. You can read Steph Crosier's story here

For a broader look at what's happening in Kingston's libraries, read "Kingston's Libraries, Reinvented" in the March/April edition of Kingston Life magazine.

Posted on February 5, 2018

Winter Construction Update

It may not always be apparent on the exterior of the building, but lots of progress is being made behind the scenes and inside the walls of the Central Branch as the renovation work continues.  A new electrical transformer has been installed on Bagot Street and new electrical switch gear is being installed in our electrical room. The building's electricity will soon be reconnected and the temporary generator that has been powering the building will be removed.  New staff and storage spaces have been built in the basement to help us better organize, store and secure our equipment and supplies.  

Exterior brick work will start up again soon. ​​The wall under the brick has been cleaned of old insulation and is prepared for a new protective layer, new insulation and the installation of new windows on late February to early March. New bricks will be installed after the windows are in, and will be stained to match the original brick colours. 

Inside the building, the structure for the new main staircase between the first and second floors is complete, and it will soon be ready for wood and stone finishes. 

The stair will be a focal point on the first floor, providing access to the second floor collections and meeting rooms, and also an area to the right for sitting, reading, charging or recharging!  

Posted on November 22, 2017

Central Branch Floor Plans

As the construction progresses on the Central Branch renovations, library staff are busy choosing furniture, shelving and other interior elements and equipment. Click here to download a PDF of the layout of the first and second floors, or visit our Calvin Park Branch to view the plans. Some of the labels on the areas are quite tiny, so you may need to zoom in to read them. Questions about the renovations? Please view the FAQ page or contact us!

Posted on October 20, 2017

Brick Removal and Repair

Plywood is covering some of the windows along Johnson Street this week as the contractor starts removing brick from the building in order to repair damaged bricks and to create the new main entrance to the building.

A new meeting room is being created in the space that used to be the Wilson Room foyer and a large bay window will be installed.

Posted on September 27, 2017

Construction Update

Work has been progressing on the inside of the building this summer, with interior demolition almost complete, including creating the opening for the new main staircase.   Framing and drywall is almost complete on the third floor and new electrical, plumbing and heating and air conditioning infrastructure is being installed throughout the building.

Sections of the foundation of the Parish House have been exposed for waterproofing, and exterior work will start up again next week, with removal of some of the brick for the new main entrance to the building.

Posted on August 16, 2017

Central Renovations Update

There's been more activity on the exterior of the building recently as the stairs that were under the covered ramp from the parking lot were removed and the loading dock was demolished.  Next up will be some excavation around the foundation of the Parish House on the corner of Bagot and Johnson to prepare for waterproofing.

Here are some photos of work on the interior of the building as part of the steel structure for the new main stair between the first and second floors is put in place. 


Posted on July 18, 2017

Coming Spring 2018!

​We're not wishing the summer away, but we are looking forward to the re-opening of the Central Branch in the Spring of 2018. Here is the architects' rendering of the exterior of the building after the renovations are complete.

Some of the changes include the relocation of the entrance closer to Bagot Street with a new set of stairs, new landscaping with bench seating along Johnson Street and around the corner on Bagot Street and improved bicycle parking.