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Carnegie Library

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As far back as 1848 there was a library in the Red River colony. Winnipeg’s first circulating library was started in the City Hall basement in 1881. Organized and paid for by the Historic and Scientific Society of Manitoba, this space was inadequate and funding was insufficient.

The provincial librarian, J. P. Robertson, wrote American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie for financial assistance towards a new building. Carnegies representatives decided to support the project but under certain terms. They would give Winnipeg $75,000, but only if the city donated the land and agreed to spend at least $7,500 yearly on upkeep and towards the purchase of books. This annual commitment was a concern for City Council, but after several months of debate, they accepted the offer.





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Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1903-1905 Municipal, 1984, grade II

Rusticated stone on lower level, upper levels are smooth grey limestone.



Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Library City of Winnipeg Archives 380 William Avenue Samuel Hooper


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