Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne opens newly-renovated and expanded MacOdrum Library

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was on hand with other dignitaries to open the newly-renovated and expanded MacOdrum Library at Carleton on Dec. 5. The Government of Ontario contributed $16 million of the $27 million cost of the project. (Mike Pinder Photo)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne officially opened Carleton University’s renovated and expanded $27 million MacOdrum Library.

Wynne, along with the Minister of Labour, the Honourable Yasir Naqvi and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, were on hand Dec. 5 to recognize the $16-million investment from the Government of Ontario.

“The building is extremely functional, and it really is a beautiful space,” said Wynne, who was also given a tour of the new spaces and services offered at the library.

The project, which began two years ago, included 34,700 square feet of renovations. The west expansion included a two-storey addition of 45,700 square feet, and the east addition included five storeys totalling 28,500 square feet. The amount of student seating has also doubled to 2,000 new seats.

In addition to the new expansion, the provincial funding has allowed the library to add new study spaces including nine new large reading rooms, the Discovery Centre, archives reading room, expanded New Sun Joy Maclaren Centre for student with disabilities, and the future Jacob Siskind Music Resource Centre.

Wynne said that the library was a great example of innovation, and encouraged new ways of learning.

“We have to move beyond the traditional ways of learning, and support creativity, teamwork and entrepreneurship. That’s what this building does,” she said.

Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte thanked both the federal and provincial government for funding the project and improving the existing building.

“We are so fortunate that the province of Ontario … was able to donate the funding to make this possible,” she said. “It is a great privilege today to celebrate the opening of our new library. It is the best transformation this library has had.”

Mayor Watson said that the renovations also have a positive impact on the City of Ottawa and that an educated workforce is key to a strong local economy.

“I’m very, very proud as mayor of the City of Ottawa to thank the province, board of governors, volunteers and students as we celebrate this great addition to the campus,” he said.

University Librarian Margaret Haines said O’Reilly Runte prioritizing the library in Carleton’s master space plan, and thanked the Government of Ontario for providing a large portion of the funding which made the project possible.

“To say we are grateful is an understatement,” Haines said. “We are delighted with the new library. This has been a dream for a very long time.”

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Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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