Winnipeg stabbing shuts down Millennium Library in downtown

Winnipeg stabbing shuts down Millennium Library in downtown

The Millennium Library in Winnipeg is closed to begin this week after someone was stabbed at the downtown building on Sunday afternoon.

Winnipeg police vehicles

Winnipeg police vehicles sit outside the library at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Winnipeg police said officers were called to the library just after 4:30 p.m.

No information about the victim’s condition or arrests are released yet, the spokesperson said in an email on Monday morning.

A number of police vehicles could still be seen outside the library at 8 p.m. Sunday, with police tape blocking the main entrance.

The library will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday, and any other information about the incident must come from police, a spokesperson for the City of Winnipeg said.

Due to past violence and concerns of staff, library members and the public, the Millennium Library in 2019 beefed up security with airport-style screening and mandatory bag checks at the entrance.

Before, the library said serious violent incidents and threats increased by 75 per cent since 2013.

The security was met with an immediate backlash, however. A grassroots group called Millennium for All was formed in 2019 in response to the measures, organizing protests and read-ins.

The metal detector and bag checks were removed in summer 2020.

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