CSV Architects were retained by the City of Ottawa to develop the handbook for the children’s spaces in all City of Ottawa Public Libraries. The guide was intended to address the needs of children 6 years of age and under along with their families. The purpose of this project was to develop a design manual to be used by designers to implement this policy on future projects. A concept design was also developed to be adapted to District Branches, Community Branches and Rural Branches alike. Many of the recommendations set out in this manual can be seen today in libraries across the City.
The Early Literacy Manual includes a mandate for safe and healthy environments with clean air and natural light. The manual specifies furniture containing recycled and rapidly-renewable materials that are natural, non-toxic, and non off-gassing with low- and no-VOC finishes.