Survey: New central library functional plan

Survey purpose:

Building on the work previously commissioned by the Guelph Public Library (GPL), we need your help to ensure that the new central library will be able to provide the programs and services that will meet the needs of the community today and into 2040.

The following survey will take about three to five minutes to complete. Your feedback will be added to the input received to date and will be used to inform the final building program and functional plan that will serve as the blueprint for the design of the new central library.

This survey will be open for feedback until March 3, 2019.

Personal information, as defined by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of MFIPPA.  Personal information on this survey will be used to inform the redevelopment of the Baker District and new central library in downtown Guelph. If you have questions about this collection; use, and disclosure of this information, contact the City of Guelph’s Information and Access Coordinator at 519-822-1260 extension 2349 or by email at


In 2011, the GPL commissioned a consultant team to develop a building program and functional plan to serve as the blueprint for a future central library integrated within the larger Baker District redevelopment. This work included 12 months of public consultations, studies, and planning work. A key outcome of the report was to determine the desired library components and projected space needs of a high-performance 21st century library.

In 2017, GPL commissioned an update of the 2012 building program and functional plan in order to revisit previous recommendations for the building size and to consider alternate locations. The updated report affirmed Baker District as the preferred location for a new central library.

In 2018, GPL commissioned KPMG to prepare a business case for a new central library as part of the Baker District redevelopment. The business case determined that the size of the new central library should be 88,000 square feet to accommodate a future Guelph population of 185,000.

On February 13, 2018, Guelph City Council endorsed the size and cost of the new central library and provided the funding necessary to undertake the preliminary library design as part of the Baker District.

On July 17, 2018, Guelph City Council endorsed Windmill Development Group as the preferred partner to lead the planning, design and development for the Baker District project.

CLOSED: This survey has concluded.