Annual Institute on the Library as Place

The purpose of the Annual Institute on the Library as Place is to provide a learning opportunity for the library, municipal, design, and architect sectors to learn more about physical space (e.g., characteristics of great future-oriented spaces; advocacy for the library as physical space; effective collaboration with communities, architects, project managers, municipal officials, and builders) and to become equipped to plan and respond quickly to capitalize on opportunities for development and redevelopment for all types of libraries. Participants are from the public, school, special and academic library sectors, in addition to municipal decision makers, architects and designers. The event hosts approximately 150 delegates each year. While hosted in Ontario, delegates from any province/country are welcomed.

 The Annual Institute is a great place to meet people who are also embarking on similar design and building projects. It’s always a good idea to bring your project drawings or schematics with you, so that you’re able to refer to them during the workshops or informal chats at your table. The people in the room come from libraries of varying sizes, architecture firms, design companies and furniture manufacturers - make sure to chat and make connections with as many people as possible!

2019 Annual Institute on the Library as Place - Weaving Stories. Tailoring Spaces: Libraries as Fabric of the Community

The 2019 Institute will be held in downtown Ottawa on July 10-11, 2019. Our theme this year is "Weaving Stories. Tailoring Spaces: Libraries as Fabric of the Community".
Libraries have a role in the cultural fabric of communities and provide a sense of civic pride.
Libraries are woven into communities when people are engaged and consulted about design, space requirements and programs that animate the spaces. 
Libraries of all types support, respond to and reflect community needs. People need to feel that the library is theirs. 
The design of the library influences the space which informs a person’s experience and attachment to that space. Dig deeper and find out about strategies, techniques and opportunities to deliver spaces that  belong to all and inspire, welcome and delight!

Registration for AILP 2019 is now open! 


Day One: July 10th 

Time  What's On
 10am - 12pm  Optional Walking Tours: To Be Announced
 12pm - 1pm  Registration
 1pm - 2:15pm  Opening Keynote: To Be Announced
 2:15pm - 2:30pm   Break
 2:30pm - 3:45pm  Concurrent Session #1: Community Inspiration for Ottawa's New Central Library
   Concurrent Session #2: Designing a Library That Welcomes and Inspires a Diverse Community of Newcomers
   Concurrent Session #3: Work It Through: A Bootcamp
 3:45pm - 4pm  Break
 4pm - 5:30pm  OLA Library Building Design Awards
 5:30pm - 6:30pm  Reception


Day Two: July 11

Time  What's On
 7am - 9am  Breakfast
 9am - 12pm  Tours: To Be Announced
 12pm - 1pm  Lunch
 1pm - 2:15pm  Concurrent Session #1: Community Inspiration for Ottawa's New Central Library (Repeat)
   Concurrent Session #2: Library as Community Building Platform
   Concurrent Session #3: To Be Announced
 2:15pm - 2:30pm  Break
 2:30pm - 3:30pm  Lightning Strikes
 3:30pm - 4:30pm  Closing Keynote: Danielle McDonald, CEO of Ottawa Public Library
 5pm - 8pm  Optional: Unceded: Voice of the Land Exhibition
*The Canadian Museum of History is free from 5-8pm on Thursdays. Transportation not included.



Early bird (April 16 - June 7, 2019) - $330 
Regular rate - $400


Ottawa Marriott (100 Kent St.). A block of hotel rooms has been reserved; please click here for details on booking.


Wednesday July 10 - Thursday July 11, 2019


New Library Building Award: Applications Open

Awards are given for new buildings. The competition runs every third year to allow a critical number of projects in all types of libraries to accumulate. 
Encourage and showcase excellence in new library buildings in Ontario! If you have been involved in the creation of a new library that has been completed between June 2016 and June 2019, consider applying for this award. Applications are being accepted until April 30.
More Information Here

Cancellation Policy

Registrations will be reimbursed at 75% until 30 days prior to the event; 50% until 15 days prior and will not be reimbursed at all within 14 days of the event. Registration can be transferred to another staff member at any point during the registration process. Please email your cancellation or transfer requests to