For updates regarding all aspects of Library Square, please visit engageaurora.ca/librarysquare.

With two community spaces and unlimited possibilities, Library Square* is a place where young and old can come together in all seasons to enjoy art, theatre, music, shopping, community events and activities. 

Library Square includes two key spaces – a vibrant outdoor square and a new community facility that will feature a flexible performance hall with seating for up to 250 people and a variety of multi-purpose programming spaces that will bring life and energy to our downtown core.

Library Square is a key part of Aurora's exciting downtown revitalization plan.

Photo Gallery: Library Square Images will appear here on the public site.

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Together with our partners, the Town held a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday, October 8 which took place at the future site of Library Square. This is an incredible milestone as it marks the start of construction of one the largest projects in Aurora history. We can expect to see the transformation begin with fencing scheduled to go up as early as the week of October 19.

Photo Gallery: Library Square Groundbreaking will appear here on the public site.

Library Square Reports

2021 Reports
General Committee
2020 Reports
Special Council Reports
Attachment
Council Meeting 
General Committee Meeting

 

 2019 Reports
Special Council Meeting

General Committee Meeting

 

2018 Reports
Council Meeting

General Committee Meeting

 

2017 Reports
General Committee Meeting

General Committee Meeting

Presentations

Library Square Additional Information

Project Monitoring Task Force

The Town has formed a Project Monitoring Task Force to monitor and examine all financial and budgetary aspects of Library Square during the construction phase, including project contingency expenditures. The Task Force first met on November 3, 2020 and will meet again on January 13, 2021. Please see the minutes from the first meeting attached.

Note: Parking within Block D will be impacted by construction and we encourage the public to use the other on and off street parking identified on the map.

Currently known as Library Square, the project includes
  •  Improved parking, including double the legislated requirements for accessible spaces
  • A vibrant outdoor public square with amphitheatre, seasonal skating loop/splash pad, water feature and ample seating areas
  • 32,000 + sq. ft. purpose-built cultural facility that includes:
      • Multi-use performance hall with raked seating for 250

      • Visual arts studio

      • Dance studio
      • Environmentally controlled museum storage
      • Flexible programming rooms
      • Café and catering kitchen
  •  Enclosed pedestrian link between the new facility and the Aurora Public Library
  • Extensive improvements to the Aurora Public Library, including new programming space, outdoor reading garden and corridor connection with elevator access to Yonge Street

  • Total Capital Project Budget: 51.6 Million
Community Consultation
The development of Library Square has been informed by extensive community engagement with key stakeholders. As the project transitions to the construction phase in 2020, community engagement will continue to shape the development of Library Square and the Town will use a range of outreach strategies to raise awareness and engage residents, businesses and visitors
about this exciting project.

Design and Heritage
Library Square integrates Aurora’s much-loved Church Street School with landscaped open spaces and a new purpose-built cultural facility. Through its thoughtful design, which includes a three-storey sky-lit atrium, performance spaces flooded with natural light and a dynamic façade, the addition will complement the attached heritage building and the character of Aurora’s historic downtown. The building is also designed with a number of environmental features, including a green roof, LED lighting, electric vehicle charging stations and more.
Accessibility
All elements of the Library Square project have been designed to meet or exceed the barrier-free requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Building Code. Some of the project’s accessible attributes include:
  • Barrier-free path of travel from all on and off-street parking and drop-off locations to various entrances throughout the site
  • More than double the legislated requirement for barrier-free parking
  • All floors served by a passenger elevator of sufficient size to allow for a mobility device plus a companion
  • Accessible seating area in the performance hall, including companion seating and assistive listening devices
  • Barrier-free drinking fountains and bottle filling stations on all floors
  • Numerous barrier-free washrooms throughout, including a main floor universal washroom with adult change table
Parking

The Town has identified a range of parking solutions to ensure visitors can enjoy the magic of Library Square. Strategies include maximizing off-street parking, implementing Transportation Demand Management strategies, revising Yonge Street parking restrictions, increasing on-street parking on Church Street and Victoria Street, among others. The Town will continue to explore these options to address long-term parking demand.

Contact Us
We welcome your feedback. Please send us your comments or questions to:

 

Town of Aurora
Community Services Department|
229 Industrial Pkwy North
Aurora, ON L4G 4C4
Phone: 905-727-3123 ext. 4327
Email: PRose-Donahoe@aurora.ca

Key Documents


*The working name for the Town Square is "Library Square." The naming committee has placed name considerations on hold until final plans for the square and addition to 22 Church Street are finalized.