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Follow the various stages of the project!
Bounded by four streets—Avenue Dollard to the east, Rue F.-X.-Prieur to the west, rue Salley to the north and boulevard de la Vérendrye to the south—the L’Octogone library, the only library in the Borough of LaSalle, covers approximately 2,900 m2 in area. The renovated library will be expanded to approximately 4,500 m2.
An outdoor activity area and a visual link with Parc Félix-Leclerc, adjacent to the library, are also planned. In addition to keeping the existing work of art—Signal dans l’espace by Claude Lamarche—a new work of art will be integrated into the architecture.
The L’Octogone library project will be designed and built in accordance with the major principles of sustainable development. LEED Gold certification will be sought for this project.
In response to the needs expressed by the Borough of LaSalle’s residents, the new L’Octogone library wants to use comic strips as its focal point. The project for the L’Octogone library—which boasts the largest collection of comic books in all of Montréal’s libraries—is based on six themes of excellence:
- learning and understanding
- dreaming, imagining and escaping
- creating and participating
- living together or in one’s “bubble”
- playing, reading and being active, and lastly,
- exploring through comics
When it reopens, the building will house:
- A collection of 180,000 printed publications, 8,000 audiovisual titles (mainly DVDs) and 1,000 games
- 1 community hall (for up to 90 people)
- 1 activity room for children (for up to 60 people)
- 2 spaces for creative work (“fab lab” type, the cartoonist’s workshop and the L’Ébullition space for creative work)
- 1 coffee shop (40 seats)
- 1 space for teenagers
- 1 corner for 5-year-olds and under
- 1 cartoon library
- 5 work rooms for 4 or 6 people
- 275 seats (excluding community, work and training rooms and the coffee shop)
- 80 fixed or mobile computer stations and a training room (12 seats)
At the end of the architectural competition for the expansion and renovation of the L’Octogone library in LaSalle, the project of the Anne Carrier architecture + Labonté Marcil team was selected. The magnificent architecture was unveiled to LaSalle residents at a public presentation in 2018.
Relocation of the library
- Saturday, May 8, 2021: Opening of the book drop at Place Newman (2101 avenue Dollard)
- Monday, May 17, 2021: Opening at Place Newman (2101 avenue Dollard) for the duration of the work
- 2021-2023 - Completion of the work
- Early 2023 - Official opening of the library
While the work is under way, the L’Octagone library will be located 1.6 km away from the present building. As of May 17, 2021, the temporary address will be 2101 avenue Dollard (Place Newman).
Three rooms will be made available to the public:
1. Adult and children’s collections
2. Computer stations and comics area
3. Activity room (subject to public health measures in effect)
For more information, consult this new.
- Press release issued by Ville de Montréal – L’Octogone Library in LaSalle – Renovation and Expansion Work Gets Under Way
- Press release issued by Ville de Montréal – Renovation, expansion and construction plan: A library anchored in the 21st century in the heart of LaSalle
- Press release issued by Ville de Montréal: Expansion and renovation of the L’Octogone library – Ville de Montréal announces the architecture competition finalists
- Press release issued by Ville de Montréal: Launch of the multidisciplinary architectural competition for the expansion and renovation of the L’Octogone library on Monday, August 7, 2017
If my library card has expired, how do I renew it?
Since the beginning of the pandemic, memberships that have expired have been automatically extended. It is also possible to obtain a card at another library in Montréal’s public libraries network.
If my Accès-services LaSalle card has expired, how do I renew it?
It isn’t necessary to have an Accès-services LaSalle card to access sports facilities (e.g. the Aquadôme). LaSalle residents need only show proof of residence to access the facilities. When making an online reservation at the Complexe aquatique Michel-Leduc, you can simply check off the “I don’t have a card” box.
If I am not already a library member, can I join the library online or by phone?
Yes, you can join the library online, in order to access the digital library, by filling out the following form. You can also contact the staff at the other libraries in the network for more information.
Library loan drops
The library loan drops for returning books and other library materials, located at 1080 avenue Dollard, will close on March 22, 2021. The opening date of the library loan drop at Place Newman will be announced as soon as it is known.
Loans made prior to the move will be extended due to the move. Check your file online for the due dates of your library loans. You may contact the staff at the other libraries in the network by phone if you have questions about renewing your loans.
No overdue fines will be added to your file during the move. The loan period has been extended.
I’m moving out of town and I still have library loans in my possession. What do I need to do?
You may return your library loans in our book drops until March 22, 2021 (with the exception of musical instruments, theme kits and board games, which must be returned to L’Octogone in person). Library loans may also be returned to other libraries in the network.
Before the library closed, I had reserved some library materials. Will my reservations be cancelled?
Your reservations won’t be cancelled during the time that the library is closed. The processing of reservations to be delivered to L’Octogone will be suspended and will resume when the library reopens at its temporary location in May. It is also possible to change the delivery location of your reservations provided they are not in transit. This change must be made by library staff.
Can I make new reservations even if the library is closed?
Yes, you can continue to reserve library materials and request that they be delivered to one of the other libraries in the network. As soon as L’Octogone reopens at its temporary location, you will once again be able to make reservations.
I had reservations ready to be picked up just before the library closed. Can I still come and pick them up when you reopen?
All members are given 6 days to come and pick up their reservations. Any reservations that were made less than 6 days before the library closed will be held until the reopening so that members can come and pick them up at our temporary facilities.
Assistance to readers
ILL (interlibrary loan) requests will have to be made at another library in the network until we reopen at our temporary location.
Will you continue to purchase new library materials while L’Octogone is closed?
Yes, the library will continue to develop its collections.
Can I continue to make suggestions for purchases during the closure and then at the temporary library?
Yes, it will be possible to continue to make suggestions for purchases during the library’s closure. However, it may take a little longer to process requests due to the move.
Is the “Cool” sticker that allows my child to borrow library materials from the Adult section recognized/accepted at other libraries?
No, the “Cool” sticker is valid only at L’Octogone library. If your children/teens want to borrow library materials from the Adult section at other libraries, it is best to contact that library in advance to find out about their lending policies.
Can I still read digital books?
The digital library remains accessible at all times for all our members.
Is it possible to volunteer at the library during the move or afterwards at your temporary location?
Unfortunately, there are no volunteer opportunities at the library at this time. If you would like to offer your services as a volunteer, you may contact the Montréal Volunteer Bureau or Volunteer West Island.
Self-serve computer stations
Can I use a computer, print documents, scan or fax documents during your move?
The computer lab will have the same closing and reopening dates as the rest of the library. It will therefore not be possible to use the computer lab equipment during this period.
If I don’t use all the money on my file to print, is this amount lost?
No, this amount will remain on your file and may be used at other libraries in the network.
If I send you documents by email, can you print them?
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer such a printing service.
During the period when the library is closed, residents who wish to do so may use the services offered at other libraries in the Montréal pubic libraries network.
At our temporary location, 2101 avenue Dollard
Will you have the same telephone numbers at your temporary location?
Probably. If new telephone numbers need to be used, we will be able to announce this information as soon as it is known.
Will we be able to access the shelves at your new location?
This will depend on the public health measures in place at the time of reopening.
What collections will be accessible while the work is under way?
All collections will be accessible except for the reference collection and CDs. However, part of our collections will be stored for the duration of the work operations.
Will your temporary facilities be adapted for people with limited mobility?
Yes, the facilities will be universally accessible.
Your temporary premises are far from where I live. Will you be offering home delivery service?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to deliver library materials to your home. However, you will have 6 days to come and pick up the library materials you have reserved.
If your collections are reduced while the work is being carried out, will I have to wait longer to receive my reservations?
No. We are adjusting the number of copies purchased to avoid long waits for access to library materials.
Will I be able to reserve more than 15 items at a time since you will have a smaller collection?
Will the library hours be the same as those at Place Newman?
The hours of operation will be announced as soon as they are determined.
Will we be able to borrow as many items as before?
Will you accept donations of library materials at your temporary location?
That will depend on the public health measures in place.
Will we be able to reserve a study room?
There will be some individual work spaces available at our temporary location, but it will not be possible to reserve a study room. However, study rooms are available at some other libraries.
Could the pandemic slow down the construction of the new library?
Will there be access to MTL-WIFI?
Will you always have rental books?
Will you always accept returns from the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)?
Since your collection will be reduced, will we be able to have BAnQ loans delivered to L’Octogone?
Unfortunately, it will not be possible to have BAnQ loans delivered to L’Octogone library. However, if you borrow books from the Grande bibliothèque, you will be able to return them to L’Octogone.
Will there be any food services?
No, there will not be any food services at our temporary location.
Will there be any book clubs next summer?
Yes. The form of these book clubs and the participation procedures will be announced at a later date.