East Side Branch Library

The East Side Branch Library project is underway. Find the project background, what we are building and the latest construction updates below.

Access to the RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex building and parking lot are currently affected. View map for full details.


On this page

  1. Project background
  2. What we are building
  3. Construction updates
  4. Impact to customers
  5. Impact to local residents
  6. Communication updates
  7. Construction timelines

Project background

Since 2015, the Waterloo Public Library (WPL) and the City of Waterloo have been working in partnership on the East Side Branch Library project. On June 20, 2016, City of Waterloo Council approved the RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre as the preferred location for the new East Side Branch Library. On September 21, 2020, Waterloo City Council awarded the tender for construction to Fortis Construction Group and we are pleased that construction is now underway. The new branch is scheduled to open in Spring 2022.

What we are building

  • A fourth library on the east side of Waterloo, at RIM Park
  • The library will be an 11,500 sq.ft, one-storey, building addition as well as a 2,200 sq.ft renovation of existing space (total library floor area of about 13,700 sq.ft) on the east side of the RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre

Construction updates

  • site removals 
  • install interior hoarding walls 
  • south electrical rough-Ins
  • site civil (storm reroute)
  • south concrete curbs and walkway

Impact to customers

  • a section of the main drive aisle is temporarily closed for Phase 1 of construction
  • temporary entrance has been constructed to access the parking lot
  • temporary entrance will be in use until Phase 1 completion in winter 2020/21
  • there is a new access point in front of Door B (Waterloo Sports Medicine entrance)
  • additional signage is posted in the parking lot to assist with vehicle flow/circulation changes.

Impact to local residents

  • with ongoing construction work, residents can expect a number of construction vehicles entering and exiting the site daily
  • residents may experience dust and loud noise
  • construction work will take place Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • work may be required outside of these hours - if so, adherence to the noise bylaw will occur, or a variance notice will be given

Communication updates

Throughout the construction process:

  • the WPL will update you on construction activity related to the library itself, visit the WPL's East Side Library page for library updates
  • follow the WPL on Facebook and Twitter
  • the City of Waterloo will update you on parking, recreation programming and other changes as they relate to RIM Park specifically
  • bookmark this page or check Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates
  • updates will be posted through other communication channels, such as e-newsletters

Construction timelines

  • Phase 1 – completion winter 2020/21
  • Phase 2 – completion fall 2021