Eastside Branch

Learn about the construction of a new branch on the east side of Waterloo.

about the eastside branch

Since 2015, the Waterloo Public Library (WPL) and the City of Waterloo have been working in partnership on the Eastside Branch Library project. On June 20, 2016, City of Waterloo Council approved the RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre as a preferred location for a potential new Eastside Branch Library. On Sept. 21, 2020, Waterloo City Council awarded the tender for construction of the Eastside Branch Library to Fortis Construction Group with a winning bid of just over $7 million. The new branch is scheduled to open in Spring 2022.

The Eastside Branch Library will be a 12,395 sq.ft, one-storey building addition, 2,275 sq.ft renovation of existing space plus a 646 sq.ft. service mezzanine (total library area of 15,516 sq.ft.) on the east side of the RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre, located at 2001 University Ave E, Waterloo.

View the final design  View photos of the build

The construction of the Eastside Branch Library continues with new developments daily. Enjoy bird's eye virtual tours on our YouTube channel.


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Construction Updates
Construction is now underway. Phase 1 is complete, Phase 2 completion expected Fall 2021.

The new branch is scheduled to open in Spring 2022

Please visit the City of Waterloo's website for more construction details.
Communication Updates

Throughout the construction process:

Media Releases
PDF iconSeptember 21, 2020 - City Council awards tender for construction of the East Side Branch Library

December 16, 2019 - Waterloo Public Library unveils final design of East Side Library

PDF iconNovember 21, 2017 - Waterloo Public Library to expand to the east side of the city


Feasibility Study

In September 2016, studioCANOO Architecture was contracted by the Waterloo Public Library and City of Waterloo as a Consultant to lead a Feasibility Study which would address the following objectives:

  • Assess the proposed site for the East Side Branch Library
  • Provide conceptual/schematic drawings for a new library building at the proposed site
  • Collaborate with the Waterloo Public Library and City of Waterloo to create a public engagement plan
  • Provide a final report and recommendation in partnership with Waterloo Public Library and City of Waterloo to City Council in November 2017

The East Side Branch Library project team (comprised of WPL and City staff members) has been working collaboratively with studioCANOO to advance the Feasibility Study.

Based on the work to date, the project team is recommending that an approximately 11,500 sq.ft, one-storey, building addition and approximately 2,200 sq.ft renovation of existing space (total Library floor area of approximately 13,700 sq.ft) on the east side of the RIM Park Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre be advanced to the conclusion of the Feasibility Study.

Background

Since 2015 , the Waterloo Public Library and the City of Waterloo have been working in partnership on the East Side Branch Library Project.

To plan for East Side Branch Library service, the Waterloo Public Library Board commissioned Lighthouse Consulting in 2015 to undertake a needs assessment. The goal of the study was to engage the community to articulate their vision for the proposed East Side Branch Library and Main Library. This was achieved through focus groups and an online survey. Recurring themes for the East Side included strong emphasis on technology-based programs and services, inspiring space to meet and gather, tween/teen space, accessible location, free parking and opportunities for community based partnerships.

On June 20, 2016, City of Waterloo Council approved the RIM Park Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre as a preferred location for a potential new East Side Branch Library, the specific location, design and building amenities to be determined via ongoing review, a Feasibility Study including but not limited to schematic/conceptual design options, and public engagement.

Eastside Branch Growth Chart

How tall were you when your new library was being built? Get your picture taken with our growth chart as we watch our new library grow together. Share your photo with us on social media and tag us @WaterlooLibrary. Plus, don't forget to include the hashtag #LoveMyESB.

You can find the growth chart located at the end of the blue construction fencing closest to the B entrance of RIM Park.

Eastside Branch Growth Chart

This is Axel. He was so excited about the new Eastside Branch that he grabbed his hard hat & ran over to RIM to get a picture taken. Axel was 2 feet tall when his new library was being built.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of the residents of Waterloo who remain loyal advocates and champions for libraries. Click on the thumbnail below to learn more about sponsorship and donation opportunities for our newest Eastside Branch.

Eastside Branch Sponsorship Opportunities Package

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Donations to the Eastside Branch will be used in a multitude of ways, with a focus on expanding and invigorating our programs, services, collections and spaces. Your support helps us create a vibrant thriving community hub, where everyone is encouraged to discover the endless possibilities at your library.

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