New Chetwynd Library set to open to public in June

UPDATE – 06/20/24: The soft opening of the new Chetwynd Public Library has been changed from Monday, June 24 to Thursday, June 27 to facilitate the installation of fibre-optic internet at the facility.

The Chetwynd Public Library Association will open the doors of its new facility on June 24, marking a significant milestone for the community. The new library will offer an improved space for residents to engage, learn and foster connections.

Construction on the project began on June 3, 2022, thanks to funding from the Chetwynd Public Library Association, businesses, local governments, granting agencies and local families. This support reflects the shared commitment to promoting education and literacy in Chetwynd and the surrounding area.

PRRD Director Dan Rose of Electoral E commends the new library as a major achievement for the area.

“The Chetwynd Library is a symbol of community collaboration and a reflection of the community’s commitment to development in the Peace River region,” said Director Rose. “With generous local support, the Library Board has created a welcoming new space for community gatherings and learning. Like many other facilities, this was made possible through the power of partnerships.”

The existing library is a revered community fixture in Chetwynd providing services and programs to locals since 1959. In 2016, at the request of the District of Chetwynd and the Chetwynd Library Board, the PRRD began exploring options for repair or replacement. This effort led to the formation of the current Library Advisory Committee and a study that recommended a new building. After an in-depth analysis and public engagement process that spanned three years, Faction Projects Inc. (formerly Field Lievers Architecture) and Celtic Construction began construction.

The final 8,600 square foot facility features much-needed storage and accessibility upgrades, with room to meet the community’s current and future needs. In addition to the services and spaces that the community has grown to love, the new library provides exciting new amenities such as a storytelling space, children’s program room, teen seating area, maker space and virtual reality room, multi-purpose room and outdoor patio with views of the skate park. Patrons of the new Chetwynd Public Library can also look forward to enjoying the café in a 20-person open seating and food preparation area.

View the construction timelapse video here.

Quick Facts

  • The Chetwynd Public Library has been serving the community since 1959.
  • A feasibility study and public engagement process led to the decision to build a new, larger library facility.
  • The new library, located at 4522 North Access Road, Chetwynd, will open to the public on June 24, 2024.
  • An official grand opening and acknowledgement of all generous donors will follow in September.

Updates on the Chetwynd Public Library will be posted on the PRRD’s website, Have Your Say page and social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram)

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