The George Mackie Library was built in 1983, a time when little thought was given to accommodating people with disabilities. Over the years, small updates were made to the building, but generally, gaining access the library remains a challenge for people with mobility issues, especially for Delta’s large senior population (1 in 5 Delta residents are over the age of 60). .
The Library’s Access4All grant will be used to convert the entrance’s existing automatic single-door system to an automatic double-door system, and to add automated doors to a large multi-purpose space. As a public space open to all of Delta’s 50,000 residents, the renovations will significantly improve the accessibility of the library, and the library’s ability to offer community services and programs to people of all ages and abilities.
Over the past several years, staff at the Library have received many comments from visitors that the building is difficult to access for people with mobility challenges, and that they cannot join in events and programs that are held in the library and meeting rooms. We wanted to change that.
With some relatively simple building modifications, there will be a significant improvement in the general accessibility of the library for people with mobility challenges, and it will also have additional features to assist people with hearing and vision challenges. The new space will be accommodating to people of all abilities.
This project is a positive demonstration of Delta’s commitment to improving accessibility in all municipal facilities, and will help Delta fulfil its goal of being a truly inclusive and welcoming community.