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Important: CCLA Renovations Update – May 2018

May 14, 2018  
The CCLA is very excited to announce that Phase One of the renovations project is near completion! Phase One, which involved the renovation of the library portion of our space, is scheduled to be finished at the end of May. Once Phase One is finished, construction will begin on Phase Two, which will renovate the remainder of the CCLA's space, including the Barristers Lounge.

Please see below for more details on our space and service availability. Dates are subject to change – we will continue to inform the community of any changes or delays as the date draws near, in our weekly newsletters, on our website, by special email announcement as necessary, and on signage at the Courthouse.

Library Services: In order to move back into the library, there will be no library services or space available from June 11 through June 22. At this time, we will not be able to answer any reference questions or lend books for court, and there will be no computer, photocopier, scanner, or fax machine access. A limited library service will be available on June 18 - more details will be provided as we are closer to the date.

Membership Services: There will be no membership services available at the Ottawa Courthouse from June 11 through June 22. This includes security passes or membership renewal. If you wish to speak to someone in the membership department, please contact them at

Lounge: There will be no lounge available from June 4 through to the end of Phase Two, which is scheduled to finish in late October 2018. Access to the locker rooms will be available, and there are a limited number of lockers still available for rent. Please contact Sonia Morin if you wish to rent a locker. There will be coat racks in each of the locker rooms should you have a coat you wish to hang up.

Lounge Clean Out: Everything that is currently in the Barristers Lounge will have to leave in order for renovations to commence. The bookshelves and books currently stored there will be moved back into the library, but all furniture must go. If you are interested in taking any of the furniture, please email the CCLA.

Personal belongings in the lounge must be retrieved by June 1. Any items left in the lounge after that date will be donated or discarded, with no exceptions. Please ensure that your items are picked up.

CCLA Events: Events staff will continue to be off-site until construction has been completed. Please contact them at if you have any questions.