Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre made the announcement at a news conference at City Hall late Thursday afternoon — more than 14 years after his death in 2001.
“This important and long-awaited gesture is the first in a series planned over the next few months to celebrate this great Montrealer,” Coderre said, adding that Richler has also been posthumously made an honourary citizen.
LucFerrandez, mayor of the Plateau—Mont-Royal, said renaming the borough library after Richler is a fitting choice.
“By deciding to name the Mile End Library in honour of MordecaiRichler, Plateau-Mont-Royal residents have chosen to remember the love this acclaimed author had for the community and its inhabitants,” Ferrandez said.
In 2011, city officials at the time had pledged to revamp the shanty bandstand on the eastern flank of Mount Royal and rename it the "MordecaiRichler Gazebo."
The city was supposed to renovate the already-dilapidated gazebo and turn the area around it into a speaker's corner by 2012.
Coderre said the area will be renovated this summer.