Chetwynd and area residents asked to comment on proposed new library design at virtual open house Wednesday November 3


Chetwynd and area residents are being asked to comment on close-to-final designs for a new library at a virtual open house on Wednesday, November 3. The current library is approximately 50 years old, too old to renovate and too small to offer the programming and services that the people of Chetwynd and surrounding rural areas want.

“A new, larger facility with modern amenities will address the current library’s challenges of lack of space and functionality,” says Dan Rose, Director of Electoral Area E and a member of the Chetwynd Public Library Advisory Committee. “We are asking for public feedback on the design, including function and anticipated use of various spaces. We will use that feedback to confirm a final design.”

The Chetwynd Public Library Advisory Committee gathered input from the public, stakeholders and library staff over several years before developing the proposed design. The proposed design is intended to be flexible to accommodate as many uses as possible which is important for a new modern library.

Funding for the project is coming from a combination of sources, including Electoral Area E of the Peace River Regional District, District of Chetwynd, Chetwynd Public Library Board, grants and donations, and short-term borrowing. “A significant amount of funding is coming from grants, in efforts to keep potential tax increases to a minimum,” says Rose.

With the public’s feedback and comments next week, consultants will produce a final design in November. “Shovels could be in the ground by spring, and the facility could be open by late 2022 or early 2023,” says Rose.

To find the Zoom join link for the virtual open house, take a short online survey and learn more about the project, visit haveyoursay.prrd.bc.ca/cplp.