Eight City of Winnipeg libraries will be replaced with seven modern facilities by 2020.
The city is spending just under $21 million on the project, which will replace Transcona, River Heights, Westwood, St. James, and West Kildonan libraries. The Charleswood Library on Roblin Boulevard will be the first on the list, with construction beginning in 2013, followed by St. Vital and Windsor Park at a cost of $6.7 million.
The eight branches are approaching their 50-year lifespan and require renovation and maintenance, and have significant accessibility and functional layout issues.
A report recommending the renovations will go before the standing policy committee on protection and community services on July 5.