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Temporarily closed for renovations. The library is expected to reopen in summer 2020. Visit our project page for details.

20 West Gate

Today's hours:

Branch Information

  • Hours of Operation

  • Contact

    Information Services:
    Branch Head:
    Rick Watkins
  • Mailing Address

    20 West Gate
    Winnipeg, MB
    R3C 2E1
  • Meeting Spaces

    (Call or visit us to book) Program Rooms: 1
    Tutorial Rooms: None
    Capacity: N/A
    More about meeting spaces
  • Wheelchair Access

    Not wheelchair accessible
  • Book Return

    Near the door
  • Closest Bus Stops:

    # 10190 Northbound Sherbrook at West Gate
    # 10191 Southbound Maryland at Woodrow
  • Parking

    Two hour street parking
  • Free Wifi

    Available whenever the library is open

About the Library

Collections and Programs

Items for loan include Adult and Children's fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels, magazines, music, audiobooks, video games (Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Wii & Switch) 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 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

Cornish Library is located in Armstrong Point, across from the Misericordia Health Centre. The library has two levels with the main floor housing the collections and information/checkout. The basement level has a meeting room which 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 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 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 8,776 sq. ft. Library opened June 15, 1915, and boasts oak and walnut woodwork, fireplaces and a decorative mezzanine. 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

Upcoming Events at Cornish Library

Last update: September 25, 2019