Millennium Library

Our Millennium Library


millenniumlibraryThis renovated library was designed by LM Architectural Group (Winnipeg) with Patkau Architects of Vancouver. The library reopened November 8, 2005 following ten years of planning and fundraising, and two years of renovations.  Over 3,000 people a day visited the old Centennial Library, while the Millennium Library averages 4,000 visitors a day totaling almost 1.5 million visits a year.

Awards: The Millennium Library has received two major design awards. It was a recipient of the prestigious Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for 2008, and received the Canadian Architect magazine Award of Excellence for 2004 –  the  first time this design award has been given to a building in Winnipeg.
Public Art:
  • Untitled, a two-story artwork by local artist Cliff Eyland: over 2000 index-card sized paintings mounted on the wall, resembling a pixilated computer image or what he describes as “scattered cataloguing”. Binoculars are located above in the skywalk for a closeup view. Eyland is an art professor and his work was selected in a highly competitive process. It is the first work completed under the new Public Arts Program of the City.
  • The Illumination by Lethbridge, AB artist Nicholas Wade. This piece represents one of the most common words in the English language – THE – and brings elements of typography back into architecture. This was the second work under the Public Arts Program for the City of Winnipeg, and may be viewed on the Richardson Reading Terrace.