Local History

History

The Valemount Public Library serves the Valemount area and provides books, videos, compact discs, and free Internet access to its patrons.
The Valemount Public Library was started in the 1950s. Since that time we have occupied five different locations. First was a private home, then four other buildings, each one increasing in size to accommodate our growing collection.

We moved into our present location in April of 1988. The log library was built in Valemount by a local log-builder. Money for this structure was provided by an Expo Legacy Grant from Vancouver’s Expo ’86 and it was built on property owned by the Village of Valemount.

 

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We share the property with the Valemount and Area Museum; the property is maintained through a combined effort of Library, Museum and Village Public Works staff. The area is a beautiful park-like setting, with benches, tables and a playground surrounded by trees and flowers.

 

Museum
The Valemount and Area Museum
Valemount Library
The Valemount Public Library

 

Our library’s operational needs have been covered under the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George referendum since 1982. Included in the Robson Valley/Canoe Libraries Service are the libraries from Valemount and McBride. We receive our funding through the submission and approval of an Annual Budget. We are a member of the North Central Library Federation, (NCLF), and receive guidance and support from that group. Our library operates as an independent, managed by a board of volunteers. All functions such as ordering of books, maintenance of the collection, and development of services are handled by the librarian and staff.

We feel that the library is very important to the community and do our best to present a welcoming and friendly atmosphere to our patrons. We hope you enjoy the library and all of its resources. Thank you for visiting our website.
– Written by Judy Holmin

Library Groundbreaking
Ground breaking of the site where the Library was built
Building Begins
The building begins
Library buildings - old and new
The old Library in the background of the new being built.
Final touches
Putting on the finishing touches.
Moving In Moving in… Setting Up
…and setting up
Opening Day
Opening Day