New Chisholm Library Branch Set To Open Doors

The city's new library is set to open its doors later this month.

The new W.F. Chisholm Branch is connected to the Optimist Community Centre on Ypres Ave. in South Walkerville.

The $2.6-million, 6,500 sq. ft. library branch will feature a special automotive section which includes Windsor's own automotive history.

Chief Executive Officer for the Windsor Public Library, Kitty Pope, says there will be lots of resources for people to dive into.

"We've got 26,000 volumes going into the library, we'll have our 4,600 auto archives volumes," says Pope. "Ten or 12 public access computers and then the staff from the Remmington [branch], who will be moving over to the new location."


Construction is well underway on the new Optimist Library. March 8, 2017 (Photo by Teresinha Medeiros)

Pope says car enthusiasts are going to love it.

"Lot's of information on that shifter for that mustang from the 70's," says Pope. "Some ideas and some drawings on that Pacifica van before it became built in Windsor. So, lots of auto resources that are fundemental to Windsor."

Pope says staff are really excited to get into the new building.

She says the new branch may represent more that just a new building for the sytem.

"I think in many ways it represents a rebirth for the Windsor Public Library, but it also talks about what's great about Windsor," says Pope. "Windsor is the Motor City and this branch auto-themed speaks to all those great things that makes Windsor such a great place to live and raise a family."

The public is invited to the library's ribbon cutting ceremony which will take place on October 21 at 1:30pm.

— with files from Ricardo Veneza