Welcome to the renovated Millennium Library! This library is the main
library for the Winnipeg Public Library system, providing support to
the 19 branch libraries around the city.
A few facts about the library:
   • This renovated library was designed by LM Architectural Group
     (Winnipeg) with Patkau Architects of Vancouver.
   • Ten years of pre-planning and the creation of the Winnipeg Library
     Foundation made this library possible.
   • The library was closed for 2 years from October 2003 to November
     7, 2005. The library reopened November 8, 2005 after a 21 million
     dollar renovation. Over 134,000 sq. ft of space was renovated and
     38,000 sq. ft. of space was added.
   • Over 3,000 people a day visited the old Centennial Library. This
     library averages 4,000 visitors a day totaling almost 1.5 million
     visits a year. This is the busiest destination for downtown
     Winnipeg. This is more than the MTS Centre.
   • There are 1.7 million items in the 20 branch Winnipeg Public
     Library system. Of these 453,000 items are at Millennium Library
     (this includes books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, etc.)
   • The Winnipeg Public Library system is one of the oldest in Canada,
     founded in 1895.
   • The Millennium Library was a recipient of the prestigious Governor
     General’s Medal in Architecture for 2008.
In this area:
   • Friends of the Library gift shop: provides literary based gifts for all
      ages. Proceeds are directed back in to the Library.
   • Human Bean café: covered drinks and food are allowed inside!
   • Untitled, a two-story artwork by local artist Cliff Eyland: over 2000
      index-card sized paintings mounted on the wall, resembling a
      pixilated computer image or what he describes as “scattered
      cataloguing”. Binoculars are located above in the skywalk for a close-
      up view. Eyland is an art professor and his work was selected in a
      highly competitive process. It is the first work completed under the
      new Public Arts Program of the City.
   • The stairs overhead leading to the Skywalk: access to cityplace mall,
      MTS Centre, and Portage Place

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From the entrance, the circulation area is directly in front of you.

Here you can:
  • get a membership card for the library system
  • check out books, CDs, videos and other materials
  • return your items even when we are closed through the book
  • pick up materials you have requested
  • have your account checked for fines or update your account

You can find more information in the library’s newsletter, available in
all branches and on all floors of the Millennium library


In this area:

Children’s Services Desk

Services both the children’s and teen areas. Ask here for if you
need help:
  • Finding books for reading or school work;
  • Using computers in the children’s and teen areas;
  • Registering for teen and children’s programs

Teen Central

A new feature of the Millennium library, the expanded teen collection
now includes:

    • YA Fiction and paperbacks, where novels appealing to teens
      can be found;
    • A large graphic novel and comics collection;
    • A YA non-fiction collection, for informational books with high
      teen appeal
    • DVDs and Books on tape
    • YA Magazine collection: 32 subscriptions for you to borrow
    • A teen-based Reference collection and Homework centre

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Children’s Services

The children’s collection is like a mini-library inside the library itself,
because it has something of everything! This area serves everyone
from babies to seniors, but is mostly aimed at kids aged 0-12.

In this area, you’ll find:
   • The Mona Gray Program room, where staff hold programs on
      an ongoing basis
   • Three main collections:
         o Non-fiction, all types of information books
         o Fiction for all ages
         o Picture Books for younger readers
   • Our reference collections
   • Our special children’s collections:
         o Folk and Fairy tales from many lands and cultures
         o Nursery Rhymes, Toddler Books and ABC learning
            books and board books for the very young
         o Kinsmen Collection: children’s materials for the visually
         o Professional Reference Collection: books about books
         o Learning Resources collection: books of interest to
            parents, educators and childcare workers
         o Audio-visual collection: VHS, DVDs, CDs and cassettes,
            book & cassette kits, and CD-ROM games
   • Aboriginal Reading in the Round: a new feature of the
      Millennium library, created to highlight the aboriginal
      resources collection and recognize Winnipeg’s aboriginal
      population. The footprints in the rug are Bear, Wolf, Elk and
   • Obie’s Chair, a cozy chair perfect for parent and child reading
      together, donated by the Friends of the Library in memory of
      local children’s author Sheldon Oberman.

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This area houses the fiction collections, including general fiction,
mystery, science fiction/fantasy, romance, westerns, and inspirational
fiction. Over 40,000 books are in these collections.

Reader Services also provides programs for adults at Millennium
Library including the popular Skywalk Concerts and Lectures series,
author readings, writing workshops, an open mike night, and
information workshops.

Of note in this area:

    • Express Workstations. The Millennium Library has 45
      Internet Computers available for you to use. These stations on
      the main floor are express computers, meaning they are first
      come-first served 15 minute only computers. The rest of the
      Internet computers are bookable with a library card in 30 and
      60 minute slots. Your library card provides allows you 90
      minutes of free Internet access a day.

    • New & Noted room. This is a cozy area where you can find the
      newest books just received for all the adult collections. You can
      also find over 350 magazine subscriptions here, our one-week
      checkout Express Bestsellers and the adult paperback


Head up to the second floor via the Richardson Reading Terrace.
On this terrace sits the second major public art work in the Library –
called The Illumination by Lethbridge, AB artist Nicholas Wade.
This piece represents one of the most common words in the English
language – THE – and brings elements of typography back into
architecture. This was the second work under the Public Arts
Program for the City of Winnipeg.

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SECOND FLOOR: Special Services

Of note in this area:

    • Multilingual Collection (books and magazines written in
      languages other than English)
    • Biographies
    • Adult DVDs, videos and National Film Board videos
         o There is a use fee on DVDs and Videos. Check your
             @thelibrary newsletter for the current fee.
    • Adult Large Type Books
    • Talking Books: books on tape for the print handicapped (special
      registration required)
    • Daisy Discs: books on disc for the print handicapped (special
      registration required)
    • Musical Scores (Books of sheet music)
    • Music CDs
    • CDROMs
    • Audio Books – books read on CD and Cassette (no special
    • Adult Basic Education and literacy books for adult learners
    • EAL/ESL – resources for English as an Additional Language
    • Aboriginal Resources: books about Aboriginal history and
    • Language Learning: books and kits on learning languages

Special equipment is also available for people with disabilities such
as: TTY Payphone (payphone for the hearing impaired),
magnifying devices and a “talking terminal” (to read text from the

DVD and video stations are also available to preview videos and
DVDs before checking them out.

Also available in this area:

    • Meeting Room Complex: Carol Shields Auditorium, Buchwald
      Room, Anhang room, and associated meeting rooms (all rented
      for a fee)

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    • Blankstein Art Gallery and Exhibit Space: available for rent
      at no cost, for local artists to display their work.
    • Tutorial rooms bookable by the public for no charge.
    • Games Room for game players wanting a space for gaming.
    • Writer-in-Residence office is located on this floor. The Writer
      in Residence is an established author who provides one-on-one
      mentoring to writers. It is a free service and open to all.

Please ask the staff at the Special Services Desk for more
information about any of these collections or services.

THIRD FLOOR: Micromedia Services

This floor holds all of the library’s older materials.

Of note:

    • Vertical files: newspaper clippings and a variety of pamphlet
    • Microfilm readers and copiers: a valuable research tool;
      microfilm can last for many years, as opposed to paper.
      Historians and genealogists use microfilm in their research.
      Some materials available on microform include:

              o The Winnipeg Free Press dating back to the 1870’s,
                when it was known as the Winnipeg Daily Times;
              o The Globe and Mail from 1975 to the present;
              o The Winnipeg Tribune from 1890, until it ceased
                publication in 1980;
              o The New York Times from 1939 to the present

    • Close to four hundred newspapers and magazine titles that
      are reference only (they cannot be checked out).

Also in this area (opposite elevators):

Local History Room: a new feature of the Millennium library, this
room holds books and materials related to Manitoba and Winnipeg.
Of note:

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    • fiction by Manitoba authors from the past and present
    • community histories of Manitoban municipalities
    • biographies of local personalities
    • non-fiction collection, covering varieties of subjects related to
      Winnipeg and the rest of Manitoba or written by local authors.
    • Henderson directories which list who lived where

Leaving the 3rd Floor, please note the painting of Andrew
Carnegie by V. A. Long. Carnegie donated the money for the first
library in Winnipeg, over 100 years ago. Cornish and St. John branch
libraries were both built with monies from Andrew Carnegie.

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FOURTH FLOOR: Information Services

The Information & Reference services fills the entire newly built fourth
floor. Here is where you'll find reference works, adult non-fiction, and
staff to help you research a topic.

We can help you to find the answer to a specific question. The
questions we get asked cover a wide range:
      What is the populations of Winnipeg?
      Do polar bears have eyelashes?
      Is eating sauerkraut an effective way of preventing scurvy?
      What colour is yak’s milk?

Reference books are housed in the shorter stacks on this floor, from
one end to the other. Here you’ll find works on health, art and
literature, and history, medical encyclopedias and health guides, and
general reference works such as various encyclopedias and
dictionaries. If you're working on a school project and need
information, you can find it here.

In the tall non-fiction stacks behind the reference collection, we
have strong collections of many popular topics including consumer
health, travel, computers and software, cooking, movies, parenting,
automotive repair, and home improvement.

A computer training lab is located on this floor, we offer workshops
on how to use a computer, internet workshops and other topics here.

For a full list of all our programs, including computer workshops, pick
up our bimonthly newsletter @thelibrary – available on all our
service desks or on our website of

Our website also offers you the opportunity to use research
databases (journals and magazines), search our catalogue, find
suggested reads and much more - all with your library card.

This concludes our tour. Please ask the library staff on any floor if
you have questions about any part of the library.

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