The current central library is failing to meet the demands of the community it serves.
The Frances Morrison Central Library (FMCL) is non-compliant with all significant building codes, including fire, mechanical, electrical, and accessibility, with identified life-safety deficiencies dating back nearly 20 years. The City of Saskatoon Building Standards Branch determined in May 2000 that no architectural improvements will be permitted without the non-compliance subjects being addressed.
We assessed the cost of renovating and expanding FMCL, but it was not determined to be the best way to meet the goals we will be able to meet with a larger, modern library. A renovation was estimated at $57 million. We’d end up with a smaller collection and less space than we have now, and over-crowding is already a huge issue for us. Additional square footage would be required on the existing spaces to meet the accessibility & building code standards.
Building deficiencies of the Frances Morrison Library have been identified in a number of reports prepared for the Library Board. These include: Comprehensive Replacement of Services Vision: Frances Morrison Library 2004; Facilities Planning Report 2004; Building Summary Sheet 2004; Building Assessment Report 2000; Building Committee Report 1999; Building Renovation Plan 1998; Renovation Needs Frances Morrison Library 1995, and Functional Space Overview and Decentralization Assessment Frances Morrison Library 2005.