CHETWYND, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District directors have awarded a $4.55 million contract to Celtic Construction of Dawson Creek to build the new library in Chetwynd.

The district says its advisory committee is currently putting the finishing touches on its final design, with construction expected to begin this spring.

The new 8,600-square-foot building will replace the current library that is approximately 50 years old and was identified as too old to renovate and too small to offer the programming and services that the people of Chetwynd want.

The new facility will feature a storytelling space, children’s program room, teen seating area, maker space and virtual reality room, multi-purpose rooms, a café, an outdoor patio and more storage.

Funding for the project comes from a few different sources, including the PRRD’s Electoral Area E, the District of Chetwynd, the Chetwynd Public Library Board, grants and short-term borrowing.

The PRRD and the Northeast BC Community Foundation have also created a fund for community members looking to donate to the library replacement project.

The project was greenlit back in February, but it has been in the works since 2016.

For more information and to see the designs, click here.