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Winnipeg Public Library

Louis Riel
Library

As of January 18, 2017, Louis Riel Library will temporarily be open on Wednesdays, while St. Vital Library is closed for renovations. Expected reopening and return to normal hours is early 2018.

1168 Dakota St.

Today's hours:


Branch Information

  • Hours of Operation

  • Contact

    Circulation (accounts):
    204-986-4568
    Information Services:
    204-986-4573
    Branch Head:
    Trevor Lockhart
    204-986-4571
  • Mailing Address

    1168 Dakota St.
    Winnipeg, MB
    R2N 3T8
  • Meeting Spaces

    Program Rooms: 1
    Capacity: 80
    Tutorial Rooms: 1
    Capacity: 4
    Book a meeting space
  • Wheelchair Access

    All areas are wheelchair accessible
  • Book Return

    Around the side of the building, accessed from parking lot
  • Closest Bus Stops:

    #50191 Southbound Dakota at Dakota Community Club
    #50190 Northbound Dakota at Dakota Community Club
  • Parking

    Approximately 30 spaces available
  • Free Wifi

    Available whenever the library is open

About the Library

Collections and Programs

Louis Riel Library has a diverse collection of Adult, Teen and Children's books, magazines and audio-visual materials. The well-rounded collection appeals to and reflects the needs of the rapidly expanding community this branch serves.

In addition to the large collection of English language children's books, the Children's department also houses a deposit of French materials from the St. Boniface Library. Louis Riel Library circulates approximately 340,000 per year.

Louis Riel Library conducts many programs for children and adults throughout the year. Please call 204-986-4573 or visit our Upcoming Events for more information.

Facility and Services

View Louis Riel Library's floor plan.

The 12,000 square feet of the Louis Riel Library includes an 80-seat meeting room available for rental. (More information about meeting rooms for rent.) Call 204-986-4573 to book. There is also a 40-seat study area and two lounge areas with easy chairs. The popular Children's area includes a Storytime Room for regular storytimes and school-age programs. The building has handicap-accessible washrooms and automatic doors. For customer convenience, a book chute for the return of materials after hours is located at the side of the building.

Battery Recycling is available in all branches of Winnipeg Public Library. Look for the Call2Recycle box and dispose your batteries using the bags provided.

History

Louis Riel Library opened July 17, 1989. It is a unique structure designed by internationally-renowned Winnipeg architect Etienne Gaboury. It is designed to take advantage of the southern exposure and natural light with its high vaulted ceilings and windows.

Renovated in 2010, the 13,055 sq. ft. space is bright and welcoming, accessible, and better able to meet the needs of today's library users.

Significant improvements made during the 2010 renovations include:

  • New flooring, carpeting and painting throughout
  • Replacement of the public service counters and furniture
  • Creation of a designated teen area
  • New lower shelving for greater accessibility
  • A new and improved layout for collections, seating and computers
  • An upgraded meeting room and a new tutorial room
  • A new self-checkout counter

Upcoming Events at Louis Riel Library


Last update: October 6, 2017