Burnaby Public Library

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Burnaby Public Library
Burnaby Public Library logo.png
Established1954
Branches4
Collection
Items collectedbooks, e-books, music, cds, periodicals, maps, genealogical archives, business directories, local history,
Access and use
Circulation3,010,470[1][1]
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)
Websitebpl.bc.ca

Burnaby Public Library or BPL is a public library that serves Burnaby, British Columbia and the surrounding Lower Mainland. According to its 2019-2022 strategic plan, BPL aims to "empower the community to engage with and share stories, ideas and information."[4] BPL provides access to information services and library collections (including books, DVDs, newspapers, magazines and research materials) through its four branches as well as online and through community outreach.

Services[edit]

BPL provides a broad range of services and programs that reflect the needs of its community. The following list is a small sample of the regular services available:

  • Information and reference services
  • Access to full text databases
  • Community information
  • Internet access
  • Readers' advisory services
  • Storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers[5]
  • Programs for children, youth, adults and seniors
  • Newcomer services including English as an additional language supports[6]
  • Delivery to homebound individuals
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Free downloadable audiobooks
  • Movie nights
  • "Book bike" mobile library outreach[7]
  • Philosophers' Cafe series, in partnership with Simon Fraser University[8]

History[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[10]

Branches[edit]

Bob Prittie Metrotown branch

The library has four branches:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Annual Report 2017
  2. ^ City of Burnaby Quick Stats
  3. ^ Members of the Library Board
  4. ^ "Burnaby Public Library 4-Year Plan 2019-2022" (PDF). Burnaby Public Library.
  5. ^ "Storytimes | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  6. ^ "Programs and services at BPL | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  7. ^ Boothby, Lauren. "Burnaby brings "book bikes" to libraries". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  8. ^ "Café schedule by location - Continuing Studies - Simon Fraser University". www.sfu.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  9. ^ Marleen Morris & Associates Ltd. (May 2007). "Report from the Community Needs Assessment" (PDF). Burnaby Public Library.
  10. ^ 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)
  11. ^ "Bob Prittie Metrotown | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  12. ^ "Reference & Research | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  13. ^ a b "McGill | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  14. ^ a b "Tommy Douglas | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  15. ^ "Grand Opening | Edmondslib's Weblog". Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  16. ^ "Bibliotech: BPL's creative technology lab | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  17. ^ "Cameron | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  18. ^ "Cameron Branch virtual tour | Burnaby Public Library". www.bpl.bc.ca. Retrieved 2019-04-30.

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