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Renovation of St. John's Library

Rendering of renovated St. John's Library

About this project

St. John's Library has served the community for over a century. Renovations and a new accessible entrance will ensure the library meets the needs of today's library users. Plans include a complete redesign of spaces with adult, children's and teen areas on the main floor, a computer area, and study and leisure spaces. An extension to the south of the building will include a bright and open reading area, and accessible entrance and washroom. The lower level will be completely renewed with two tutorial rooms, and both a small and large program room with renovated washrooms. Furnishings will be updated and the building will undergo needed repairs.

See photos of this project on our Flickr page.


St. John's Library opened on June 2, 1915. The upper level holds all the collections and services. The lower level has a large program room and washrooms. The library loaned 43,416 items in 2016 and offered 92 free programs and workshops. The library is one of several branches with an Indigenous resources collection. Public consultations on the renewal of the library were held in 2012 and 2015.

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Why are renovations needed?

St. John's Library has served the community for over 100 years. The building is not currently accessible and is in need of a redesign to maximize floor space and enable services in demand by today's library user. The building's structure will also undergo needed repairs. The addition to the library will result in a fully accessible building and add 925 sq. feet to the existing 6,000 sq. ft.

Date added: May 11, 2017

Where can I access library services while St.John's Library is closed?

The nearest branch of Winnipeg Public Library is West Kildonan Library. West Kildonan Library is located 1.5 kms to the north of St. John's Library, at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Powers Street. The West Kildonan Library is fully accessible and has a large collection of resources and programming for all ages. Hours of the library are online at or call 204-986-4384.

Winnipeg Public Library also has a mobile library program site at the Indigenous Family Resource Centre, 470 Selkirk Avenue. Learn more about the program and find the schedule at

Where can I learn more about the heritage of this building?

St. John's Library is one of two branches built with grants from the Carnegie Foundation (the other branch being Cornish Library). The library has been designated a Grade II heritage building. Learn more from the Historical Buildings Committee at and

Date added: May 11, 2017

Date added: May 11, 2017


The St. John's Library is located at 500 Salter St.

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This renewal project was spearheaded by the Winnipeg Library Foundation, which has worked to raise funds for Winnipeg's public libraries for twenty years.

For information on the Library Redevelopment Strategy, please see Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services - July 5, 2012

Flickr album of construction progress.

Last update: February 4, 2020