Sixty years after our current central library opened and brought innovation in library service to Saskatoon, we are about to usher in the new era of public libraries in.
No longer are libraries designed solely as buildings for books. Today, library design is human-focused. Modern libraries provide a sense of community within cities and help address systemic social issues, such as affordability, literacy, social isolation, and exclusion. They are places where people come to meet, learn, share, and feel a sense of belonging and community.
Public libraries have always existed to meet the community’s learning needs, but over the years those needs have changed.
Once focused on learning primarily from books, today, people want to learn in new and different ways. In addition to books, they want to learn using tools and technology. They want to learn through play, through the sharing of stories, ideas, oral traditions, culture and language.
They want to learn and grow by connecting with one another.
In the new central library, there will be peaceful spots for study and reading, along with lively places to take in performances and hear new perspectives. Innovation and creation spaces will welcome students, job seekers, aspiring artists, writers, computer programmers and entrepreneurs of all ages. Whatever you want to learn, and however you want to learn it, your new central library will create limitless opportunities.
We envision a facility that helps reduce inequality and social isolation and is a welcoming, inclusive and barrier-free place for everyone – a new central library infused with the spirit of this community, Treaty 6 Territory and the Homelands of the Métis, and be a source of inspiration and pride for those who call Saskatoon home.
For assistance with making a gift, please contact:
Manager, Community Giving