Bishop’s Library Learning Commons recognized for being student-centred
Priority 4. Enhance the student experience
On October 28th, 2019, Catherine Lavallée-Welch, our University Librarian, accepted the Prix Architecture 2019 de bibliothèques et de centres d’archives du Québec, along with architect Eric Pelletier of Lemay Architectes, for the transformation of our library into a modern Library Learning Commons. The prize was awarded in Montreal at the Congrès des professionnels et professionnelles de l’information.
The prize which is awarded biennially highlights architectural achievement in libraries and archive centres. The evaluation process involves incognito visits by jury members who consider criteria such as innovative solutions and practices in space usage, aesthetic quality of the architectural concept, environmental protection and integration, as well as user service improvements.
In its decision, the jury noted that the 2019 award was based in part on the harmonious integration of the building with the campus and the surrounding forest, the emphasis on natural light, as well as the pleasant and comfortable student-centred spaces.
Catherine Lavallée-Welch and Eric Pelletier