20 West Gate
Adult and Children's Services: 204-986-4679
Rick Watkins, Branch Head: 204-986-4680
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Located at 20 West Gate in Armstrong Point, across from the Misericordia Health Centre.
There is two-hour street parking on West Gate.
The nearest transit stop is #10190, northbound on Sherbrook at West Gate.
Collections and Programs
Almost 110,000 items are borrowed every year from Cornish Library. Items for loan include Adult and Children's fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels, magazines, music, audiobooks, videogames (Xbox, Wii, PS4) and movies (DVDs and Blu-ray). As a branch of Winnipeg Public Library, members can also access an extensive eLibrary for downloadable eBooks, eMagazines, information resources and online journals, and streaming movies and music.
The Library offers programs and workshops for all ages. Browse our Calendar of Events to find what's on, or pick up a copy of At The Library. Some programs require registration. All library programs are free.
Facility and Services
Cornish Library has two levels with the first floor housing the collections and information/checkout. The basement level has a meeting room which can accommodate up to 60 people and is available for rent. (More information about meeting rooms for rent.) Cornish Library is not yet wheelchair accessible.
The Library has bookable computers with MS Office and Internet access, and free WiFi. There are tables for studying and small group work. Photocopying and printing is available for a fee. Scanning to email is free.
Tours for groups of any age and class visits are available. To book your tour or class visit contact the library.
Battery Recycling is available in all branches of Winnipeg Public Library. Look for the Call2Recycle box and dispose your batteries and cell phones using the bags provided.
Cornish Library is one of two branches built with grants from the Carnegie Foundation - the other being the St. John's Library. The other Carnegie funded library, built in 1905, is 380 William Ave. and is now home to the City of Winnipeg archives. The main William Ave. branch served until the 1970s when the Centennial Library was built - renamed the Millennium Library following renovations in 2005.
The architect of Cornish Library was S. Frank Peters, with a layout similar to other Carnegie funded libraries with a red brick exterior, detailed entrance with stone columns, and ornamental details. The Library opened June 15, 1915, and boasts oak and walnut woodwork and antique reading tables. Two fireplaces with green tile and a decorative mezzanine remain to this day. Prominent users of the library include Nellie McClung who conducted lectures from the basement meeting room. The Library has been designated a Grade II heritage building.
More on the Cornish Library from the Historical Buildings Committee
And from the Friends of Cornish Library: Leafing through our history: Cornish Library 1915 - 2005