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- History & Location
St.Vital Library is located across the street from the South Branch YM-YWCA and close to the intersection of Fermor Avenue and St. Mary's Road. The first St. Vital Library operated from a small rented quarters near the junction of St. Mary's and St. Anne's Roads. In 1961, the City of St. Vital sold the present site to the Library Board for one dollar. The library at its present location was opened in 1963. The unusual shape of the property resulted in the construction of a circular building with a linear extension. The interior features a mezzanine, wood roof members, a natural wood deck and skylights in both the east and west sides of the building. The main floor of the building offers 7000 square feet as does the basement. The mezzanine floor provides 1800 square feet of floor area.
Collections & Circulation
The Adult and Children's book collections at St.Vital Library include well-developed fiction and non-fiction sections. A collection of large print books and Express Bestsellers are also available for borrowing. The audio-visual collection includes audio books, DVDs, and music CDs for both recreational and informational needs. Access to several online databases covering a variety of subjects is available through the Library's public PCs. The magazine and newspaper collection includes approximately 150 popular titles. St. Vital circulates approximately 240,000 items per year.
St.Vital Library has a reading room with tables and easy chairs flooded with natural light from nearby large windows. Study tables are also found in the Reference area, on the children's mezzanine and the Young Adult mezzanine. The main floor only is wheelchair accessible. A meeting room in the basement with a seating capacity of 90 is available for public use. (More information about meeting rooms here.) Call 986-5628 to make arrangements. A book chute is located next to the front door for the return of items after regular library hours. Parking at the east and west sides of the building is reached via Glen Avenue off St. Mary's Road.
In person and telephone information services and reader's advisory services are provided during library hours.
986-5628 Adult Services
986-5632 Children's Services
Free public Internet access is available by booking in-person. Various online databases such as an index to magazines are also available for searching at workstations. A fee-based printing station is available. Class visits and tours conducted. Call to make arrangements.
St. Vital Library conducts many programs for children and adults throughout the year. Please call 986-5632 or visit our program page for more information.
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