KING CITY, ONT.—The Township of King is pleased to announce the official opening of the new King City Branch of King Township Public Library and King City Seniors’ Centre at 1970 King Rd.
The opening ceremony takes place on Monday, Nov. 8 with the branch open to the public starting Tuesday, Nov. 9. Seniors’ programming is in development.
Construction of the 21,000 square-foot (1,951-square-metre) building on King Road began in 2018. The bright, modern facility is nestled in the hillside across the road from King City Secondary School.
The Library Branch building includes meeting and study spaces, a reading lounge, book and out-of-the-box collections, public-use technology, children and teen areas and a Make-It Lab. The Seniors’ Centre includes rental space, community space and program areas.
The cost of the building construction was $11.2 million. Funding sources include $5.4 million from development charges, $3 million from Township debenture, $1.6 from parkland dedication and $200,000 from Township funds.
The new King Road building replaces the 7,800-square-foot (725-square-metre) building that housed the King City Library branch and replaces the King City Seniors’ Centre at 30 Fisher St.
King City Library Branch: Services and Hours
The King City branch is opening its doors to the public at limited capacity for collection browsing and borrowing; limited computer and study space; photocopying, printing, scanning and faxing; and Township waste tag purchases. The current COVID-19-reduced branch hours are:
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Masks must be worn to enter the library. Washrooms are available. Service availability is limited at this time, and physical distancing and sanitizing are taking place. Proof of vaccination is not required for entry. Curbside service is available for those who cannot wear masks.
- Efficient heating and cooling
- Use of energy-saving LED lighting
- Exterior window glazing to reduce daily electricity use
- Electric vehicle charging station
- Storm water infiltration system.
Grand Opening Details
- Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Ceremony, guided tours and safety-compliant refreshments
- Last guided tour begins at 1:30 p.m.
- Masks required for tours
- Ceremony live-streamed on the Library’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/KingTownshipLibrary
Mayor Steve Pellegrini
Township of King
“Libraries capture our history and help us to realize a better future. They fuel our imagination and encourage us to explore. I am thrilled to announce the opening of the new King City Library Branch and King City Seniors’ Centre on King Road.
The new King City Library Branch and Seniors’ Centre building is a bright, beautiful structure where technology and people can join together. It will be a treasure available to everyone in King for many years to come.”
King Township Library Board Chair Michael Presta
“It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to our new King City branch. This vibrant new library provides a welcoming, comfortable space for residents in King City and throughout the township. Designed with individual reading nooks, an engaging children’s area, and both quiet and collaborative study areas, the Library provides something for everyone. On behalf of the entire King Township Public Library Board, we hope to see you soon!”
King Township Library CEO Ashley Nunn-Smith
“Like the communities they serve, public libraries have demonstrated their resiliency and adaptability over these past 20 months. Despite the challenges presented, we have found creative ways together – from virtual programming, to curbside pickup of materials – to continue to connect residents with the information and resources they need.
With innovative programs and collections for all ages, I know that King Township Public Library will continue to evolve with the needs of our community. The modern, expanded, flexible-use spaces of the King City branch allow us to do just that – today, and for generations to come.”
About the King Township Public Library
The King Township Public Library is a three-branch library system with an additional Self-Service Pickup and Returns location. The library offers a wide range of services, including universal access to print material and digital resources, information and online services, as well as a variety of virtual and in-person programs and outreach initiatives for all ages.
King’s three library branches are open with reduced hours due to COVID-19. For branch hours for Schomberg and Nobleton and information about self-serve library services, visit kinglibrary.ca.
Donna L. Kell, APR
Manager, Communications and Public Engagement Township of King 2585 King Rd., King City, Ont. L7B 1A1 Office: 905-833-5321 ext. 1044 Mobile: 416-420-7492 firstname.lastname@example.org