Outreach Services brings the experience of the library and its resources to people in the community. We reach out to those who are unable to visit a library as well as those who have traditionally not accessed library services. We promote the library's resources and services to newcomers, Aboriginal peoples, literacy groups and learners, and seniors.
Check it Out! Mobile Library Service
This community-based program brings reading, learning and books to people in their own community spaces. A mobile library gives community members of all ages the opportunity to browse and check out books biweekly. This service also includes youth activities, a program for children and their parents / caregivers. Enjoy story time, games, songs and rhymes, activities and crafts!
545 Alexander Avenue (all community members welcome!)
2 Mondays each month, 2:30-4:30 pm (year-round)
Check It Out! Dufferin School poster - July to December
INDIGENOUS FAMILY CENTRE,
470 Selkirk Avenue
2 Tuesday each month, 2:30-4:30 pm (year-round)
Check It Out! Indigenous Family Centre poster - July to December
BLAKE GARDENS NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE,
312 Blake Street
2 Wednesdays each month, 2:30-4:30 pm (year-round)
Check It Out! Blake Gardens Neighbourhood Centre poster - July to December
NORQUAY COMMUNITY CENTRE,
65 Granville Street
2 Thursdays each month, 2:30-4:30 pm (3-4:30 pm starting September)
Check It Out! Norquay Community Centre poster - July to December
Homebound Library Service
The Homebound Library Service is a volunteer-supported program that provides ongoing home delivery of library materials. Materials are selected and checked out by Winnipeg Public Library staff with once-a-month delivery by a screened volunteer. Individuals qualify for service if they are unable to visit a library due to a longer-term illness, infirmity or disability and if they do not have someone to access the library on their behalf. To learn about this service contact Winnipeg Public Library - Outreach Services: 204-986-5530.
Download our Library Homebound flyer
For more information about Homebound Library Service volunteering please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.
Seniors Mobile Library Service
We provide monthly mobile library visits to a number of seniors' living facilities in Winnipeg. We bring large type, regular type, magazines and audiobooks to these residences for browsing and borrowing.
Institutions such as nursing homes and other residences are welcome to borrow a "deposit" of books for up to four months at a time. These deposits are selected by library staff with pickup and delivery being the responsibility of the institution. Institutions are financially responsible for books borrowed. For more information about institutional deposits, call 204-986-5530.
For First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples
At Winnipeg Public Library we work to both serve and celebrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. Our Aboriginal Resources Collections is made up of thousands of items about cultures, histories, health, education, poetry and fiction, language learning and more. The Aboriginal Reading-in-the-Round at the Millennium Library is a wonderful space for families to enjoy programs and the books in our Aboriginal Resources Collection for children. The Library also offers programs at different times during the year about First Nations, Métis or Inuit topics. To find out about all of our services in this area visit the Aboriginal Services section of our website.
For Newcomers and EAL:
All 20 branches of Winnipeg Public Library have collections of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) materials. Additional resources are available online at the For Newcomers and EAL page, including Citizenship information, basic information on how to use the library, printables for classroom use, Learn English databases, a Scavenger Hunt, crossword puzzles and much more.
Need help? Ask at the information desk or call your local library.
Outreach librarians are available to present to newcomer/EAL classes, literacy classes, seniors and Aboriginal organizations promoting the use of the library. We will travel anywhere within Winnipeg to present on using the library, our collections and services, using our website, databases and special topics as suitable. For more information or to book (subject to availability), contact Outreach Librarian Chris Laurie (204-986-6689).