It's been over a month since the Millennium Library in Winnipeg closed after a murder happened and now they're opening up fully with security measures in place.
A 28-year-old man from Winnipeg was stabbed and died on December 11 at the library and four teenagers have since been arrested in relation to the crime. The library closed it doors to the public before it opened up just for pick-ups and drop-offs on December 23, 2022.
The Millennium Library will fully resume services on Monday, January 23, 2023 with interim security measures in place including metal detectors at the entrance that each person will have to pass through.
According to the news release, on top of the metal detectors, there will be increased security. This includes two Winnipeg Police Service officers who will be present on site during the library’s operating hours, and four additional security guards will be stationed inside the facility to help staff the metal detector and to patrol the facility.
"Millennium Library is an important community facility that draws people downtown to discover, learn, create, and connect," says Mayor Scott Gillingham. "It’s important we reopen the library now and reestablish the services that are valued by so many visitors. These interim measures will help ensure staff and patrons feel safe and supported while work continues on the comprehensive security audit."
One space in Winnipeg's largest library will remain closed, the Community Connections area in the lobby. However, residents can connect with the Community Crisis Workers at their offices on the second floor of the Millennium Library in the interim.
Earlier this week, work got underway on a comprehensive risk assessment and security audit of the Millennium Library with the help of a third-party consultant. The consultant, GardaWorld, was tasked with determining areas of risk, recommending security measures to mitigate risk, and determining whether security or other related measures should be upgraded or considered, including exploring changes to the layout of the facility.