The Windsor Public Library Board announced the sale of Central Library to the Downtown Mission in February with the building scheduled to change hands at the end of June next year. Since then we have looked at over 20 possible temporary sites to house the Central Branch while plans are firmed up for a new permanent downtown location.
At the regular June meeting of the WPL Board they unanimously passed a motion 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 city hall, with library administration and auxiliary services in the 400 building.
“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.