Space changes supported by funding from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation
Whistler Public Library has completed the most recent portion of their planned space changes. This project included the construction of four individual study booths, to accommodate noisier activities like phone calls and virtual meetings, and the expansion of the study tables adjacent to the booths. The study area is already being enjoyed by the community.
These space changes are based on feedback from the Library’s 2017 Vision Survey, conducted to evaluate the space and technology needs of Library users. The Survey results revealed a need to redesign the Library’s existing space to move noisier activities to areas that naturally experience more traffic, leaving the naturally quieter areas for Library users looking for quiet space. HCMA Architecture + Design was engaged to assess the current space, and their team developed design strategies to address the identified needs of Library patrons.
The changes began with the expansion of the Fireplace Lounge area and reorganization of the Children’s Area, and will continue this fall with the installation of additional study tables adjacent to the Lounge. Space changes will proceed until the final phase is completed in 2022.
This first phase of changes was supported by a grant of $54,100 from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation. “We’re happy to support the Library in space improvements that enhance people’s experience and interactions,” said Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Executive Director Mei Madden. “The library of today is vastly different than the libraries we grew up with and the Whistler Public Library is an incredible asset for our local Sea to Sky residents. We are proud to be part of this evolution and we are always happy to support such an amazing organization.”
Bevin Heath Ansley, Chair of the Whistler Public Library Board of Trustees, shared her gratitude: “The generous support from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation allows the Library to better serve the needs of the community and our visitors. It is through listening and meeting these needs that the Library is able to build stronger relationships with young and old, and continue to provide spaces to build community in the ‘Living Room of Whistler’. Thanks to the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation grant, the Library continues toward the goal of providing space that fulfils our vision to ‘inspire wonder’.”
“Whistler Public Library is known for its innovative responses to user needs. This space redesign builds on their ongoing work to review the Library space, resources and services, and ensures the Library’s lasting position as an incredibly popular asset with the community and visitors,” said Mayor Jack Crompton.