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Lloydminster Public Library unveils visual identity for new home

Residents are getting a glimpse of what the future Lloydminster Public Library will look like.

The library, in partnership with the city, unveiled the new visual identity of the library’s future home inside of LloydMall. It will be located in the space formerly occupied by Ardene.

The new library will offer new technology-based services such as a makerspace and a recording studio as well as dedicated spaces for teenagers and children and private study rooms on top of their usual services and programming.

Head Librarian Ron Gillies says the new logo and colours are intended to inspire the feeling of wonder and inclusivity.

“The kaleidoscope effect featured in our new visual identity beautifully represents what our library is about: community. The colourful design elements symbolize various groups, products and services that can be enjoyed while at the library. While each stands out on their own and are important, together they create an indelible image designed to spark connection, inspiration and creativity – the same feelings you’re meant to experience when you visit our new space.”

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An early design plan of the children’s area in the new Lloydminster Public Library. (City of Lloydminster)

The library has operated out of the Atrium Centre since 1992 and began discussions about moving as their lease agreement was nearing its end in 2020. A new agreement was then made with LloydMall in April. Board Chair Stephen Tao hopes with a new centralized location more resident in and outside of the city will take advantage of what the library has to offer.

“2020 marked our 90th year of service, and we’re excited to collaborate with the City of Lloydminster on this investment to move and modernize the library. We have a dream to become Canada’s most library-using community and we’re thrilled to welcome new and familiar faces to our new home.”

The institution has served the community since 1930 and sees over 14,000 people access their services every year. Patrons can access over 60,000 books and items physically and over 200,000 digitally as well as access resources from other libraries in Saskatchewan as part of the Lakeland Library Region.

A total of 1.5 million has been budgeted by the city for the relocation project with $575,000 covered by a municipal grant. Work on the new space is expected to begin immediately with the grand opening sometime during the summer.

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