Jess Hann Branch

1977 - present

Opened in 1977, the Jess Hann Branch is situated in the Lake Vista Square Plaza in south Oshawa. The library offers various programs and events for adults, teens, children, and families all year round.

In the early 1970s, Robert P. Hann came forward to provide libraries services to south Oshawa. Having already given $60,000 in 1973 for books and furniture, Mr. Hann offered to build a new branch of 7500 square feet, free of capital rent costs, in his Lake Vista Square Shopping Centre at Cedar and Wentworth Streets. The Jess Hann Branch, named after Robert Hann’s father, was opened on March 1, 1977 and quickly became an integral part of the community.

The branch has undergone renovations throughout the years, one of which was in 2007, when the library reopened on May 1, celebrating the increase in public exposure and programs.

Garth Johns, the chairman of the Oshawa Public Library board at the time, was happy with the Jess Hann Branch’s renewed public image. The branch’s renovations include a new reading area with a fireplace, a children’s area with murals, computers, and a career centre.

The grand reopening ran on May 5, 2007, from 10 am to 5 pm with members of the Hann family helping with the re dedication. In addition, the Toronto FC soccer team signed autographs and an entertainment service offered by Splash ‘n Boots. Prizes, draws, and tours were done throughout the day.

With information from: 

“Jess Hann Library,” Historical Information Sheet, Oshawa Historical Society.

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Oshawa L1J 6P4 ON CA
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