Temporary Home for Central Library Approved
The Windsor Public Library Board announced the sale of Central Library (850 Ouellette Avenue) to the Downtown Mission in February with the building scheduled to change hands at the end of June next year. Since that time, library staff together with representatives from the City of Windsor, have been reviewing numerous possible temporary sites to house the Central Branch while plans are firmed up for a permanent downtown location.
At the regular June meeting of the Board, a motion was passed to move to a temporary location at 400 City Hall Square East and the recently opened new City Hall building. Plans are currently being finalized for library services to be spread over 3 floors of the new building, with library administration and auxiliary services in the 400 building. The move out of the 850 Ouellette location is aligned with the goals contained in facilities plans previously adopted by both the Windsor Public Library Board and City Council.
“The City Hall campus location,” says City of Windsor Mayor and WPL Board Chair, Drew Dilkens, “will provide the appropriate time to properly research, review and ultimately select an optimum site for a permanent downtown WPL Central Library.”
The new City Hall Branch is in a prime location close to bus and bicycle routes with plenty of parking available in the area. Materials and resources not making the move to the new location will be distributed to other library branches. Library staff has already begun to formulate transition plans and will be working hard to ensure the temporary location is a welcoming public library space.
“The key to making this transition successful,” says WPL CEO Kitty Pope “is patience, flexibility and communication. We are thrilled to be moving to the downtown core, and look forward to welcoming the community to the new City Hall Branch.”
The Windsor Public Library Board and staff believe in the freedom to read, learn and discover. The WPL enriches the community by providing access to resources which inform, entertain and enlighten. More than 40 percent of the community - 87,756 - have active library cards and over 750,000 people visited WPL in 2017, close to 2,100 daily. In 2017, circulation of library resources topped 1.1 million, staff answered 100,000+ community questions and public computers and WPL WIFI were accessed 262,000+ times.