A New Guelph Public Library?

Throughout the years, when someone mentions the term “library” all sorts of comments would pop up into our minds, whether they are negative or positive, there is something we can all say when we hear that term. Growing up outside of Guelph, I was surrounded by tons of libraries nearby which allowed me to access the space for studying and many of the useless resources. After taking a tour of the Downtown Guelph public library, it made me realize how different it was in various ways and Guelph definitely does need a new public library. Though there were some useful resources, they had seemed to be limited and considering the population is going to continue increasing, there will definitely be more users of the library. The library is not simply just the books to many people today because they have access to all sorts of materials.

After having Steve Kraft come in and talk about his idea on the Guelph Public Library, it showed me how reasonable his reasons were in wanting to have a new library build. It was quite interesting having both Steve Kraft and Wendy Newman speak so much about the various others libraries around the world because it opens your mind on how aware people are when it comes to seeing what is needed for the public. The library in Guelph had surprised me when I first had seen it because although I was told that it is incredibly old, in my mind I had the image of it being something ancient that I may not want to replace. However, it was the complete opposite because a lot of problems really concerned me. There was limited space for the employees and it seemed quite hectic how their offices had seemed so crowded. My main concern was on how there was very limited accessibility. The building needs to be modified so that there are various accessible routes for any citizen to use. For example, if someone were to be in a wheelchair, there should be ramps and elevators on each floor to help them get from one destination to another.

The question about whether or not a new library should be built in Guelph has been talked about for so long, but some people are not aware of the reasons why there needs to be a new one built. For years now, there had been different plans and all sorts of procedures, but that had not gone anywhere because as we see right now, we are still continuing to discuss the topic rather than taking a bigger action to it. There will definitely be different opinions on how it is not a good idea to build a new one, but after showing what the new building will bring may change the minds of many. I strongly believe that there should be a new one built because it will benefit the public a lot and it’d be a friendly environment to be in.

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