BPL’s largest and busiest branch is evolving to meet the needs of our changing community.

We know that people are increasingly turning to the library for technology support, to connect with others and to make use of common space. With the renovations, we are working to ensure that Bob Prittie Metrotown will continue to support the growth and development of the community for years to come.

Renovations will begin in early summer and continue throughout 2022, and we’ll be posting updates before and during construction on our website. Here’s what’s new, and what’s changing:

Tech Space for web

Digital studio

We’re building a digital creation space that will house a variety of technology, including recording studios, digitization tools, and video, audio and photo editing equipment. Formerly a storage area, the digital studio will also be home to technology-related classes and workshops.

Lounge west facing for web

Expanded seating

We’re creating a community living room inside the library, by expanding the existing lobby and adding extra seating. Browse for books in our nearby “grab and go” shelves, take a seat, and get started (or lost) in a new read.

Info Desk for web 1

First floor computers, printers and scanners

We’re installing computers, a printer and scanner on the first floor for increased accessibility and convenience. Quickly log into your email or print a document without having to visit the second floor.

Lounge east facing for web

Automated materials handling system

In 2021, Bob Prittie Metrotown staff checked in over 810,000 returned items. For our staff, a new automated system means more time to help people in the library and the community, and fewer injuries from handling large volumes of material. We’ll also be able to get materials back onto our shelves, and to you, more quickly.

More washrooms

For our patrons who like to work or study upstairs, great news: we’re building four, accessible single stall washrooms on the second floor. These gender-neutral washrooms will be in addition to the washrooms on the first floor, which also will be renovated.

Building and service updates

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the new spaces at Bob Prittie Metrotown and want to acknowledge that there is much work to do before we get there. The branch will be operating with limited services while the building is closed for construction this summer, and we know there will be temporary disruptions when we reopen the branch during later renovation phases. For our patrons and staff, we’ll do our best to work around and minimize any disruptions to spaces and services.