2016 Annual Institute on Library as Place


The purpose of the Annual Institute on the Library as Place is to provide a learning opportunity for the library, municipal, design, and architect sectors to learn more about physical space (e.g., characteristics of great future-oriented spaces; advocacy for the library as physical space; effective collaboration with communities, architects, project managers, municipal officials, and builders) and to become equipped to plan and respond quickly to capitalize on opportunities for development and redevelopment for all types of libraries. Participants are from the public, school, special, and academic library sectors, in addition to municipal decision makers, architects and designers. The event hosts approximately 130 delegates each year. While hosted in Ontario, delegates from any province/country are welcomed.

The Annual Institute is a great place to meet people who are also embarking on similar design and building projects. It’s always a good idea to bring your project drawings or schematics with you, so that you’re able to refer to them during the workshops or informal chats at your table. The people in the room come from libraries of varying sizes, architecture firms, design companies and furniture manufacturers – make sure to chat and make connections with as many people as possible!

Please note: The Annual Institute on the Library as Place has had a change and is at a new location. The event will now be held at the Sheridan Conference Centre in Oakville, Ontario.

Theme: Transformative Spaces

Plan, develop, design and build. The 2016 Library as Place provides a progressive approach to assess trends and design that will help you transform places and spaces in your library. A host of sessions, including our bootcamp stream will guide you through the blueprint of starting your build process.  
Break outside the library walls! Explore retail transformations and creative service points. Develop your community’s dream space.


July 7-8, 2016
Oakville, Ontario
Sheridan Conference Centre
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 The conference program can be found here.

Registration (now closed)

$295 (until June 10)

Cancellation Policy

Registrations will be reimbursed at 100% until 30 days prior to the event; 50% until 15 days prior and will not be reimbursed at all within 14 days of the event. Registration can be transferred to another staff member at any point during the registration process. Please email your cancellation or transfer requests to education@accessola.com .


Anne Bailey, Director, Branch Libraries, Toronto Public Library

Jon Loewen, Junior Architect, Perkins+Will
Rochelle Mazar, Coorindinator of the Digital Academy, University of Rochester
Tina Ranieri-D’Ovidio, Principal Architect, ward99 architects 
Ted Watson, Partner, Architect, MJMA
Rob Lavery, Southern Ontario Library Service
Shelagh Paterson, Ontario Library Association
Michelle Arbuckle, Ontario Library Association
Mary-Rose O’Connor, Ontario Library Association

Local Arrangements:
Anne Murphy, Mississauga Library
Rose Vespa, Mississauga Library