When the government of Manitoba declared an emergency several weeks ago, we closed the Great Library and began working from home. Surprisingly, or not, we’ve been able to do an amazing amount of work using electronic sources. What we haven’t been able to offer is temporary office space for lawyers while in the courthouse.
Planning to reopen the library is a challenge. It’s a semi-public space with a lot of high-touch surfaces. We have to keep staff safe as well as our clients. Any print materials must be quarantined before someone else can touch them. All people entering will have to ensure they are healthy, sanitize their hands at the entrance, and limit the amount of movement they do in the library.
We hope to have our plan in place to reopen on May 25th with limited access to lawyers and the judiciary only. Stay tuned!
The Great Library will be closed on Monday, February 17th for Louis Riel Day.
Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, Februrary 18th.
After hours access is available for lawyers by showing their Fast Track card and signing in at the security desk at the Kennedy Street staff entrance. After hours access is 4:30 – 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on weekends and statutory holidays.
The library will be closing at noon on December 24, 2019 and not reopening until January 2, 2020. After hours access will be available to lawyers by signing in at the security entrance on Kennedy Street.