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Located at 1168 Dakota Street, this branch is south of St. Vital Shopping Centre between Nova Vista and Paddington Streets. Louis Riel Library opened July 17, 1989. It is a unique structure designed by internationally renowned Winnipeg architect Etienne Gaboury. It is designed to take advantage of the southern exposure and natural light with its high vaulted ceilings and windows.
Louis Riel Library has a diverse collection of Adult and Children's books and audio-visual materials. The well rounded collection appeals to and reflects the needs of the rapidly expanding community this branch serves. In addition to the large collection of English language children's books, the Children's department also houses a deposit of French fiction, picture books and videos from the St. Boniface Library. Current top movers are mysteries, romance, cookbooks, do-it-yourself and picture books. Louis Riel Library circulates approximately 340,000 per year.
The 12,000 square feet of the Louis Riel Library includes an 80 seat meeting room available for rental. (More information about meeting rooms for public rental) Call 986-4573 to book. There is also a 40 seat study area and two lounge areas with easy chairs. The popular Children's area includes a Storytime Room for regular storytimes and school age programs. The building has handicap-accessible washrooms and automatic doors. For customer convenience, a book chute for the return of materials after hours is located at the side of the building.
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