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May 4, 2018

Cornish Library to temporarily close for renovations

Released: 2:45 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Cornish Library, located at 20 West Gate, will be closed as of Saturday, May 12 at 5 p.m. for renovations. Construction will take approximately one year, with an expected reopening in the summer of 2019.

Built in 1915, Cornish Library has served the community for over a century. Renovations will ensure the building meets the needs of today’s customers and future generations.

Renovation plans for the main floor include a redesign of adult, children, and teen areas, a computer area, study and leisure spaces, and a new accessible washroom. An extension to the south of the building will include a bright and open reading area, while the lower level will be completely renewed with program and meeting rooms, and renovated washrooms. Furnishings will be updated and general building upgrades will also be completed.

During the closure, holds for Cornish Library customers will be sent to West End Library, 999 Sargent Ave (Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex), unless customers have directed their holds to be sent to a different branch.

The Cornish Library book return will be closed during renovations. Items can be returned to any other branch of Winnipeg Public Library.

Winnipeg Public Library’s online services of downloadable eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, and streaming movies and music are available 24/7. Library customers can use the online My Account service at any time to review their request and holds, and to renew borrowed items.

For more information about Winnipeg Public Library, visit

Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party Street Closure and Transit Reroute Round 2 – Game 6

Released: 3:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – To accommodate the Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party, along with associated set-up and take-down, the following streets will be closed from 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 7 until 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8:

  • Southbound Donald Street between Portage Avenue and St. Mary Avenue
  • Northbound Smith Street between the Millennium Library Parkade entrance (approximately half a block north of St. Mary Avenue) to the back lane just south of Portage Avenue (to accommodate access to the Radisson Hotel parkade.)
  • Graham Avenue between Hargrave Street and Garry Street

Motorists should allow additional travel time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes such as Main Street and Osborne Street.

As a result of the street closure, the Donald Street entrance to and exit from the Millennium Library Parkade will not be accessible from 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 7 until 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8. All vehicles will need to enter and exit through the Smith Street entrance. The Millennium Library will be closing early, at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, May 7.

Winnipeg Transit buses will be rerouted off of Graham Avenue from Carlton Street to Garry Street on Monday, May 7 beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the end of service to accommodate an expected increase in pedestrian traffic.

Bus Stops along Graham Avenue eastbound between Hargrave Street and Garry Street will be temporarily relocated to northbound Fort Street at Graham Avenue. Bus stops along westbound Graham Avenue between Smith Street and Edmonton Street will be temporarily relocated to westbound St. Mary Avenue at Donald Street and to northbound Edmonton Street mid-block between St. Mary and Graham Avenues.

Although additional buses will be available to handle passenger demand, the last buses will leave downtown at 1:30 a.m. Passengers are encouraged to plan their bus travel accordingly.

The Handi-Transit loading zone on southbound Donald Street at Graham Avenue will be temporarily relocated to eastbound Portage Avenue next to the Radisson Hotel.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit or contact 311.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures of major streets on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates as well as traffic re-route options.


May 4, 2018