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Title: Sheridan Mall Branch Library, Official Opening, 1976
Identifier: P880
Date of Original Photo: 1976
Date Built: 1976
Image Type: Slide
Subject: Public libraries - Ontario - Mississauga
Location: 2225 Erin Mills Parkway

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Description: Official opening of the Sheridan Mall Branch, by Mayor Martin Dobkin, November 1976. Sheridan Library was the second branch to be placed within a shopping centre, Park Royal having been the first. As early as June 1972 the Library Board had discussed the possibility of opening a branch in a lower level location of the Sheridan Mall, but the general consensus was that it would not be an advantageous location for a library. The idea came up again, however, in January of 1975 when the Mississauga Times reported that the City Planning Commissioner, in a report to Committee, suggested that the Library Board provide libraries in shopping centres, as had been done in other municipalities such as North York (the Yorkdale Shopping Centre) and Scarborough (the Scarborough Town Centre). The Library Board, however, was still averse to the idea, responding that libraries were better suited "in their own buildings and grounds". This opinion had changed by April of 1975 when the Library Board voted to negotiate with the Development Corporation of the Sheridan Mall for a long term lease on a 6,000 square foot library to be built in the planned future extension of the mall. By this time the population of the area around the Mall was about 17,000. Approval for a modest branch at the Sheridan Mall, to open later that year, was granted in February 1976. In November, 1976, the Sheridan Branch Library, located on the lower level of the Mall, was officially opened by Mayor Martin Dobkin. The collection then included about 8,000 books. Since then the branch has moved twice within the mall.
Agency: Mississauga Library System