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Winnipeg Public Library

St. John's
Library

Closed for renovations until early 2018. Visit our project page for details.

500 Salter St.

Today's hours:


Branch Information

  • Hours of Operation

  • Contact

    Information Services:
    204-986-4689
    Branch Head:
    Andrew McCulloch
    204-986-4690
  • Mailing Address

    500 Salter St.
    Winnipeg, MB
    R2W 4M5
  • Meeting Spaces

    Program Rooms: 1
    Capacity: 60
    Tutorial Rooms: None
    Capacity: N/A
    Book a meeting space
  • Wheelchair Access

    Not wheelchair accessible
  • Book Return

    Front of the building
  • Closest Bus Stops:

    #30159 Salter and Machray (northbound)
    #30158 Salter and Machray (southbound)
  • Parking

    There is street parking on Salter, Cathedral and Machray streets.
  • Free Wifi

    Available whenever the library is open

About the Library

Collections and Programs

About 47,000 items are borrowed every year from St. John's Library. Items for loan include Adult and Children's fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels, magazines, music, audiobooks, video games (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.

St. John's Library also features an Indigenous Resources collection which includes fiction, Indigenous language resources, and titles on culture, art, and contemporary issues.

The Library offers programs and workshops for all ages. Browse our Upcoming 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

St. John's Library has two levels with the first floor housing the collections and information/checkout. The basement level has a recently renovated meeting room, which can accommodate up to 60 people and is available for rent. More information about meeting rooms for rent. St. John's Library is not yet wheelchair accessible.

For your convenience, there is an after-hours book return at the front of the building.

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 using the bags provided.

History

St. John's Library is one of two branches built with grants from the Carnegie Foundation - the other being Cornish Library. The other Carnegie funded library, built in 1905, is at 380 William Ave. and is now home to the City of Winnipeg archives. This main William Ave. branch served until the 1970s when the Centennial Library was built - renamed the Millennium Library following renovations in 2005.

The Library was built with a grant of $35,000 to serve the rapidly growing population of the North End of Winnipeg. Architect John N. Semmens, chose a layout based on the requirements of Carnegie funded libraries with a rectangular plan, elevated stone foundation and staircase, and brickwork with ornamental details. The Library opened June 2, 1915, and boasts beautiful dark oak woodwork and antique reading tables. Two fireplaces and a decorative mezzanine remain to this day and evoke the genteel libraries of the early twentieth century. The 7,090 sq. ft. Library has been desigated a Grade II heritage building.

Many Winnipeggers, including generations of teens who attended nearby St. John's High School, have fond memories of the Library and the important role it played in their lives. The Library continues to be highly valued by area residents and is an essential resource for the community.

More on the St. John's Library from the Historical Buildings Committee.


Last update: October 6, 2017