Green, Future-Focused Canadian Library Opens

According to the city of Surrey, British Columbia, its new City Centre Library opened last month to rave reviews from patrons (1,800 showed up on its first day). And now the Vancouver Environmental News Examiner reports that this building has garnered recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council as well, in the form of its recently secured LEED Silver status.

Described as “architecturally stunning,” this building makes ample use of natural daylighting to reduce energy bills as well as to improve aesthetics. It also features a green vegetated roof to control stormwater runoff and regulate temps inside the building, trapping heat inside during the long winters and deflecting solar gain in the summer months.

Surrey City Centre Library

image via city of Surrey

In keeping with the changing role of the public library in the digital age, Surrey’s new City Centre Library is home to 80 public computers and offers wireless access. There’s also a large children’s library, a coffee shop, group study areas, three community meeting rooms, a 12-seat Computer Learning Centre and a teen lounge and gaming area.

This 82,000-square-foot building was designed by local architect Bing Thom and was opened to the public on September 6. The library plans to celebrate with official grand opening festivities this Saturday.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.