Burnaby Public Library

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Burnaby Public Library
Burnaby Public Library logo.png
Items collectedbooks, e-books, music, cds, periodicals, maps, genealogical archives, business directories, local history,
Access and use
Population served232,755[2]
Other information
BudgetCA $14,188,200[1]
DirectorBeth Davies (Chief Librarian)[3], Lorraine Shore (Library Board Chair)[1]
Staff120.59 (FTE)

Burnaby Public Library or BPL is a public library that serves Burnaby, British Columbia and the surrounding Lower Mainland. It allows users to borrow books, videos, DVDs and magazines.


  • Information and reference services
  • Access to full text databases
  • Community information
  • Internet access
  • Reader's advisory services
  • Programs for children, youth and adults
  • Delivery to homebound individuals
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Free downloadable audiobooks


Burnaby's first library was founded in 1927 as the North Burnaby Library Association with members paying one dollar to use a collection of 397 books.[4] In 1954, a municipal bylaw was enacted to officially establish the Burnaby Public Library. BPL's first permanent library building was the McGill Branch which was built in North Burnaby in 1961.[5] The Kingsway branch (now the Tommy Douglas branch) was established in 1962 followed by the Central Park branch (Bob Prittie Metrotown) in 1974 and the Cameron branch in 1980.[5]


Bob Prittie Metrotown branch

The library has four branches:


  1. ^ a b c Annual Report 2017
  2. ^ City of Burnaby Quick Stats
  3. ^ Members of the Library Board
  4. ^ Marleen Morris & Associates Ltd. (May 2007). "Report from the Community Needs Assessment" (PDF). Burnaby Public Library.
  5. ^ a b City of Burnaby Planning & Building Department (June 15 1998, revised May 2014). "Official Community Plan Burnaby British Columbia" (PDF). City of Burnaby. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Bob Prittie Metrotown | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  7. ^ "Reference & Research | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  8. ^ a b "McGill | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  9. ^ a b "Tommy Douglas | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  10. ^ "Grand Opening | Edmondslib's Weblog". Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  11. ^ "Bibliotech: BPL's creative technology lab | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.

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