Public Library Service in Alberta

Public library service in Alberta is governed by legislation and provincial government policy.

Public libraries are a municipal service. A municipal council can pass a bylaw to form a local library board which is responsible for providing library service to the community.

A municipal library board has full management and control of the library.

Public libraries can be housed in schools. A written agreement between the school and library is required. The public library remains separate and autonomous, and it provides public library service to the whole community.

In Alberta, public library service includes the following services at no charge:

  • access to library facilities;
  • use of library resources in the library;
  • borrowing library resources, in any format;
  • acquiring library resources through interlibrary loan;
  • consultation by library staff; and/or
  • basic information service.

In Alberta, public libraries may charge for:

  • Penalties for overdue materials;
  • Library cards;
  • Meeting rooms;
  • Photocopying;
  • Downloading onto disk or paper in the library; and/or
  • Contracted services.
  • Date modified: 2018-08-02