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Title: Park Royal Branch, Interior, 1977
Identifier: P765
Date of Original Photo: 1977
Image Type: Slide
Subject: Public libraries - Ontario - Mississauga
Location: 2425 Truscott Drive

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Description: Interior of the Park Royal Branch, 2425 Truscott Drive. Originally opened in 1964 in the Park Royal Shopping Plaza, and at that time called the Western Branch and was open a total of 14 hours a week. This was done as a temporary measure, the long-term plan being for the construction of a new centennial library in the area to serve both Clarkson and Lorne Park. However the residents of Park Royal were opposed to any decision to move the branch. Once the Clarkson-Lorne Park Centennial branch opened the Board decided to keep the Park Royal location and operate the Western Branch mainly as a children's library with 70% of the collection comprising books for children and youth. In 1971 the Mississauga Library Board announced the expansion of some branches of the Library, including a permanent branch in the Park Royal area by early 1972. In January of the same year consideration was given to building a branch in Park Royal as part of the Community Centre. The Mississauga Times reported in March 1971 that a suggestion had been made in Council to build a library adjacent to the Clarkson Community Centre to replace the Western Branch. Nothing came of this plan, and it was suggested in 1972 to build a branch as part of a small complex to be erected on property owned by Sheridan Park United Church, the complex to contain a church and the library, with provision for Boy Scout activities. These plans were dependent on Town Council purchasing sufficient land from the United Church to build a 5,000 square foot branch library, as part of the library's expansion plans for 1974. Again, these plans were not carried through and the Park Royal branch remained in the Park Royal Plaza, moving about three times within the plaza, each time to somewhat larger quarters. In 1998 the branch was renamed Clarkson and the Clarkson-Lorne Park Branch became Lorne Park. In August, 2002 the new Clarkson branch re-opened in the re-designed and upgraded Clarkson Community Centre.
Agency: Mississauga Library System