Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Sooke, BC – After months of planning, negotiations, refinements, and fine-tuning the design, construction on the striking new library on Wadams Way in Sooke is set to start. During the week of October 19, workers will begin by preparing site surveys, clearing trees and brush, cutting in an access road, and mobilizing the site for construction.
“For many in the community, this day has been a long time coming,” says Brenda Leigh, Chair of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) Board of Trustees. “I expect the people of Sooke will watch with interest and excitement as this important capital project takes shape. In a year like no other, it is especially heartening to move forward with such a well needed and long-awaited community amenity.”
The plan for the new library encompasses all aspects of the project, including construction, furniture, IT infrastructure, and more.
“We have a clear vision for the future development and growth of our community,” says Sooke Mayor, Maja Tait. “A vibrant and modern library was an important piece in our plans — I have full confidence that with this library, we are setting the wheels in motion for ongoing and sustainable development of Lot A, the Wadams Way corridor, and surrounding area.”
Once built, Sooke will have a state-of-the-art library with the following features and amenities:
- 13,412 square feet will offer a diverse collection, multiuse spaces, and more
- Iconic circular design will become a cornerstone of the community
- Exciting opening day collection curated for the community
- Increased staffing
- Expanded hours of operation
- Expanded program schedule
- Vibrant children’s area
- Fireplace lounge area
- Laptop bar
- Study space
- Bookable rooms
“As someone who has been working on this file for years, there were times when I wondered whether we would ever get to this day,” says Rosemary Bonanno, VIRL’s Executive Director. “In every way, this has been a true team effort and I would like to thank District of Sooke staff, our Board of Trustees, Sooke Mayor and Council, VIRL staff, and, of course, the community for never losing sight of the end goal. This new library will evolve and complement Sooke’s ongoing transition into a destination of choice for people living and visiting south of the Malahat.”
Renderings of the new library are included with this release. More information about the project is available here. Projecting outward, the new library is likely to open to the public in the spring of 2022.
For more information
David Carson, Director, Corporate Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Direct: 250.753.1154 ex 248
Christina Moog, District of Sooke Communications Coordinator
Tel: 250.642.1634, ext. 678