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!

Theme: A Space for Everyone! Decolonizing Library Places in the Spirit of Reconciliation 

The theme of the 2018 Institute is focused on decolonizing our spaces. What does it mean to decolonize library spaces and places? Join experts and colleagues to consider how we create, view and use library spaces, while making them more relevant and accessible for all. Learn more about culturally appropriate space planning and design strategies to create more responsive spaces. 


July 12-13, 2018 
Westin Prince Hotel
900 York Mills Road, Toronto


The OLA room block at the Westin Prince Hotel is now closed. 



Early bird rate - $300 (until June 9)
Regular rate - $350  
* Registration includes access to the full conference, meals and breaks onsite, bus tours and the OLA Library Buildings Awards & Reception

Additional Library Buildings Awards ticket - $35 



Please see the full program here on our Sched site . Attendees will be asked to create a profile and register for their preferred sessions. 

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 . Save