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Premier Celebrates Major Expansion of the Carleton University Library

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Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Ottawa today to celebrate the opening of the newly expanded library at Carleton University. 

Ontario provided $16 million toward the expansion and renovation of the MacOdrum Library, to give more young people the tools they need to succeed and connect with great careers.

This investment is helping create a better environment for students to learn, with additional study space, a new digital media centre and a creative learning space called the Discovery Centre. The space is designed to encourage students and instructors to exchange ideas and work collaboratively.

The library expansion will help promote Ontario as a leader in research and innovation, giving researchers across the country the opportunity to access, collect, and share information. The expanded facility will also benefit people in the community by allowing them to access research materials and provide space for Carleton's expanding continuing education programs.

Supporting postsecondary institutions is part of the government's plan to invest in people, invest in modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • The expansion has doubled seating capacity in the library, creating study space for an additional 1,000 students. It has also improved access for people with disabilities.
  • The MacOdrum Library is named in honour of Carleton’s second president, Murdoch Maxwell MacOdrum.
  • The Ontario government invested $1.5 million in Lakehead’s new Faculty of Law building, and $21 million in Laurentian’s new School of Architecture, which both opened in September 2013.
  • Ontario has invested more than $85 billion in public infrastructure since 2003.

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“I am very proud that we partnered with Carleton University to give our students the resources they need to be their best. Our young people are so important to our future and we will continue to invest in their success.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“We are most grateful to the Province of Ontario for its generous support of this important capital project. The new student study spaces and enriched learning environment will support our excellent scholars in their quest for knowledge and their creative, interdisciplinary projects. This well-designed space will inspire both students and faculty while providing a warm welcome to the regional community we serve.”

Roseann O’Reilly Runte

President of Carleton University



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