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Bowmanville Branch Accessibility Redesign Plans

March 25, 2019

A revised project design has been approved by the Clarington Public Library Board, which addresses the high priority accessibility needs identified by the Project Steering Committee and the Municipality of Clarington's Accessibility Coordinator. The Municipality of Clarington's General Governance Committee received the plans on March 25, 2019.

Accessibility improvements include:

  • Replace the uneven slate flooring
  • Improve lighting in the atrium area, over the customer service desks, and in the restrooms
  • Lighten paint colours
  • Install accessible customer service desks
  • Install universal washroom on the first floor
  • Expand front entrance and install automatic sliding doors
  • Remove doors leading to restrooms on the mezzanine level

Download the floor plans!


Council Resolution and Project Scope

February 20, 2019

During the 2019 budget process, Clarington Public Library requested funding for a holistic redesign of the Bowmanville Branch.

Resolution #GG-096-19 was passed at the February 19, 2019 Council Meeting, which stated in part that the budget and scope of the redesign project will only include that which is necessary for accessibility purposes. 

The Project Steering Committee and the Municipality of Clarington's Accessibility Coordinator will prepare a list of high priority accessibility enhancements for the Clarington Public Library Board's consideration.

For more information, please see Resolution #GG-096-19 in the February 19, 2019 minutes of the Special General Government Committee Meeting (Review of the 2019 Budget) on the Municpality of Clarington's website.


Bowmanville Redesign Visualization

January 31, 2019

Get a sneak peek of what the redesigned Clarington Public Library, Bowmanville Branch may look like! Shoalts & Zaback Architects Ltd. (SZA) have created a video walkthrough of the proposed Bowmanville Redesign Project using the preliminary design. The final design will be adjusted based on further consultation and funding availability.

The Project was launched in September 2018 with a series of public consultations including an online survey and design charrette meetings to identify the building’s needs and shortcomings. A draft plan was created with input from community stakeholders, including members of the public, Library Board and staff, and Clarington’s Accessibility Committee.

If you have additional feedback on the design, please contact Sarah Vaisler, Deputy Director, at, or 905-623-7322 x2705.

Please visit our Bowmanville Redesign Project page for more information.


Project Annoucement and Public Brainstorming Session

September 12, 2018

The project to redesign and refresh the Bowmanville Branch has begun! We want to create a more flexible space that better serves the needs of our community and members.

Public input will be an integral part of the design process. Members of the public, staff, Board members, Municipal Council, community organizations, and other stakeholders will have multiple opportunities to provide their suggestions and feedback. 

A public brainstorming session is being held at the Bowmanville Branch on Tuesday, September 25, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bring your ideas and suggestions for the layout, areas, and services YOU want to see in your redesigned branch!

An online survey about the project is also available.

For more information, please visit our Bowmanville Redesign Project page.