History of Winnipeg’s First Public Library
The Carnegie Library at 380 William Avenue was Winnipeg’s first public library building, which was designed in 1902 by architect Samuel Hooper and was constructed in 1903 with a grant of $75,000 from American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The library was opened on Wednesday, October 11, 1905 by Governor General Earl Grey. Through Carnegie’s generosity, 2500 libraries were built around the world with 124 in Canada. The Carnegie Library on William Avenue was the 49th library in Canada to be built with funds from the Carnegie endowment. Engraved above the front door archway says “Free to All”.
In 1977, the Carnegie Library was closed, following completion of a new Centennial Library.
In 1978, the Carnegie Library was reopened as the William Avenue Branch Library.
In 1984, the Carnegie Library was designated a Heritage Building on July 30.
In 1994, the Carnegie Library became the City of Winnipeg Archives.
Read more: Carnegie Library History
Map & Driving Direction
Exact location of Carnegie Public Library is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).