Windsor library system getting makeover

Mayor Eddie Francis is asking city council at Monday's budget meeting for $5.8 million to help modernize the city's library system.

Mayor Eddie Francis to ask council to approve $5.8 million for modernizing library

Windsor's libraries will be undergoing a major revamp. (CBC News)

Mayor Eddie Francis will be asking city council at Monday's budget meeting for $5.8 million to help modernize the city's library system.

Chris Woodrow, the acting CEO of the Windsor Library was in the "loop" but could not say much until Francis announced it during the state of the city address Wednesday.

"They believe in what the library board is doing, and we're looking forward to starting the planning process and getting moving with everything," he said.

We are delighted.- Peter Frise, Chair of Windsor Public Library Board

Peter Frise, chair of the library board, said the money is much-needed.

"We are delighted," he said.  "It's going to allow us to renew our system, get new facilities in place and new services for our citizens and put our system on a footing that will enable us to operate within the funds we have available, while providing the best possible library for our city."

That money would go toward moving the downtown branch to a location that hasn't yet been decided.

It also involves creating new branches in Sandwich, South Walkerville and Devonshire Mall.

"The design ... is rooted in the past," said Frise. "We have 10 branches sprinkled across the city, but ... the current locations are not reflective of ... the population centre of Windsor. Most of the branches are much too small; the central branch is much to large."

Frise also said there is also more work to be done on a smaller scale.

"The book collection needs to be called to remove material that hasn't been circulated in many, many years," he said. "That's a process all other library systems do on a regular basis. We have not been doing (this) in Windsor as effectively."

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