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Winnipeg Public Library
Cornish Library


20 West Gate

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Branch Information

  • Hours of Operation

  • Contact

    Information Services:
    Branch Head:
    Remi Fontaine
  • Mailing Address

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

    (Call or visit us to book) Program Rooms: 3
    Capacity: 35, 15, 10
    Tutorial Rooms: None
    Capacity: N/A
    More about meeting spaces
  • Wheelchair Access

    All areas are 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

To search for books or other materials, visit the Search catalogue. You can order materials from any branch and have them sent to this location for pickup.

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.

Cornish Library hosts a Seed Library where seeds can be deposited in the fall and selected in the spring. Check with the branch for dates. Learn more about Seed Libraries.

The Library offers programs and workshops for all ages. Browse our Upcoming Events to find what's on. 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 renovated, fully accessible library has two levels with the main floor housing the collections and information/checkout. The lower level has new program and meeting rooms which are available for rent. More information about meeting rooms for rent. An extension to the south of the building includes a bright and open reading area that overlooks the river.

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.


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.

The library closed May 12, 2018 and underwent significant renovations to both the upper and lower levels. In order to keep the original character of the library, existing woodwork throughout the library was kept and refreshed. The renovated library reopened May 11, 2021.

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

Please visit the full Library Hours page if you do not see hours on this page.
Last update: May 21, 2024

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