After many years without any significant new developments, Regina Public Library has opened three new (or newly renovated) branches in a few short years with one more on the way by next year (and maybe more to come?)
While working at our Central branch, I was able to pop over at lunch one day in September 2011 to check out opening day at the relocated Prince of Wales branch. This was the first new branch RPL had opened in nearly two decades.
Then, in August 2012, I was able to pop by the new Regent Place branch on its opening day while on my way home from work. Regent had been my home branch before I ever went to library school so this one was of particular interest to me and, of course, I ended up becoming the Branch Head at this location a year later in September 2013.
Regent has proudly carried the mantle of “newest branch in the system” for the past three years but yesterday, we gave it up as a newly renovated, greatly expanded George Bothwell opened in the Southland Mall!
The good folks at GB won’t get to hold the “new branch” mantle quite as long as we did – the new Albert Branch library which will be part of the shared-use Mâmawêyatitân Centre in North-Central Regina will be opening sometime next year.
With all the new branches opening, renovations happening at existing branches and the possibility of a new Central Branch under discussion, these are very exciting times for library lovers in Regina indeed!