The Millennium Library opened to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8 2005. The downtown branch of Winnipeg Public Library had been the focus of a major construction and renovation project since November of 2003. Large crowds were on hand for the Official Grand Opening Ceremony. The award-winning Millennium Library redesign combines 40,000 sq. ft. of new construction and a complete renovation of the existing structure into a 180,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. Along with more public access computers and improved computer training facilities, the Library includes expanded collections of print and non-print materials that will benefit all library users throughout the city.
The architects for the project, Patkau Architects and LM Architectural Group, have created a signature library building in the heart of Winnipeg’s downtown community, and Winnipeg citizens and media couldn’t wait to visit! The design has incorporated “green building” concepts, including a passive solar wall on the southeast face of the building, and universal design principles to enhance accessibility for all users. The new library is a rejuvenated facility that combines improvements to the infrastructure with a significant investment in furniture, shelving and equipment to create a more welcoming library environment.