St James - Assiniboia Library


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History & Location

Located at 1910 Portage Avenue, right by St. James Collegiate and close to the corner of Ferry Road and Portage, St.James-Assiniboia Library opened in 1958. The library was built by the then independent city of St.James. It was expanded in 1963 and a second floor added in 1970, resulting in a 23,000 sq. ft facility, one of the largest branches in the Winnipeg Public Library System.
Collections & Circulation

St.James-Assiniboia Library has a large, well developed collection of both Adult and Children's fiction and non-fiction and audiovisual materials. Special features include unique local history and newspaper files, an excellent art book collection, a strong classical music collection on CD and cassette, a large collection of large print books and a number of periodicals including Life and National Geographic that go back to the early 1900's. Also available are Express Bestsellers, books on CD and DVDs. St. James-Assiniboia Library circulates approximately 285,000 items a year.
Facility Features

St.James-Assiniboia Library has a large reference and reading room on the 2nd floor which houses the newspaper and magazine collection. This area is suitable for quiet study and research, as well as providing computers for Internet use. A meeting room is available for public use - a Storytime Room in the basement accommodating up to 50. (More information about meeting room for rent here.) Call 986-3424 to make arrangements. For the convenience of our customers, a book chute for the return of materials after hours is located to the left of the front door of the library.


* In-person and telephone information and reader's advisory service during library hours
(204) 986-3424 Adult Information & Reference
(204) 986-3425 Children's Services
* Internet workstations for adults and children
* CD-ROMS on selected workstations
* Online magazine article and index database
* Large quiet study room


* Preschool Story Time: an interactive program of stories, songs and finger plays for children 3 to 5 years of age.There are three new sessions each year which begin in the fall, winter and spring.Current time slots are Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Registration required in person or by phone at 986-3425.
* Time for Twos: a story program for two year olds and their parents or caregiver. Sessions run in the fall and winter on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.Registration required in person or by phone at 986-3425.
* Summer Family Story Time: a drop in story time for families to attend together during the summer months.
* Summer Reading Program: for pre-school and school-age children runs from late June to mid-August.This is a terrific way to keep up the reading habit during the summer months.
* Spring Break: programs run each year during the school break.For more information call 986-3425.
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